The FBI has joined the search of a missing Latina teenager who was abducted outside of her home in Lumberton, North Carolina on Monday.
According to ABC News, 13-year-old Hania Noelia Aguilar was standing outside of her Rosewood Mobile Home Park residence at 7 a.m. ET, waiting for a relative to take her to Lumberton Junior High School, where she attends eighth grade, when a man dressed in all black and a yellow bandana forced the child into a family member’s running car that was parked in the driveway and drove off.
Lumberton police has issued an Amber Alert. The girl, approximately 5 feet tall and 126 pounds, has black hair and brown eyes and was last seen wearing a blue shirt with flowers and blue jeans. She was taken in a green 2002 Ford Expedition with South Carolina tag NWS984. The hood of the car is peeling, and there is a Clemson sticker on its rear window.
The FBI, which is following nearly 50 leads in Hania’s abduction, is offering a $15,000 reward for information that can help officers find the girl.
Numerous law enforcement authorities, including the Lumberton Police Department, Robeson County Sheriff’s Office, FBI, FBI’s Child Abduction Rapid Deployment team, North Carolina SBI, North Carolina State Highway Patrol, Rockingham Police Department, the North Carolina Department of Public Safety Division of Community Corrections as well the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, have joined the probe to locate Hania.
“The most important part of our investigation is you, the public,” Andy De La Rocha, a senior FBI agent helping in the search, said during a press conference on Tuesday afternoon. “And we need your help.”
Family members, who heard Hania yell “help” as she was snatched, said all they want is the child home safe.
“I just want my daughter back with me. I’m here waiting for you, I love you and only care about you. I don’t have anything against whoever did this to you. I just want you back,” Hania’s mom added.
If you have information to help investigators find Hania, call the Lumberton Police Department’s special tip line at 910-272-5871.