Officials seek to talk to neighbors of Lumberton teen, who has been missing for a week

It’s been a week since 13-year-old Hania Noelia Aguilar was kidnapped from her home in Lumberton.

The search for Hania continued Monday as investigators from multiple agencies sought to talk to all the residents who live in Hania’s neighborhood and to neighbors who live on the road where the SUV used in the kidnapping was found.

Investigators asked for the public to call the tip line at 910-272-5871 or the Lumberton Police Department at 910-671-3845 if they’ve noticed a change in behavior in someone they know.

“Maybe they haven’t gone to work, haven’t come home or they aren’t answering your calls or your text messages,” said Lumberton Police Chief Michael McNeill at a news conference Monday afternoon.

“Any tip, we don’t care how small you think it is. No matter how small, it can make a difference.”

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The FBI released these new photos of missing teen Hania Aguilar, who is the subject of a November 2018 Amber Alert from Lumberton, NC. Courtesy of the FBI

FBI senior supervisory agent Andy de la Rocha said the investigation is being conducted under the assumption that Hania is alive.

“There is no evidence that indicates otherwise,” de la Rocha said during the press conference.

In addition to Lumberton police and the FBI, personnel from the Moore County Sheriff’s Office and Fort Bragg Military Police Investigations are trying to talk to everyone who lives in the Rosewood Mobile Home Park, Hania’s neighborhood, and Quincey Drive, the road where the stolen 2002-2003 Ford Expedition was found Thursday morning.

These residents may have information that could help find Hania, according to the FBI.

Hania, a Lumberton Junior High School student, was forced into the running SUV parked in the driveway of her home on 3525 Elizabethtown Rd. just before 7 a.m. Monday. A witness heard her scream and saw a man wearing black clothes and a yellow bandana force her into the SUV and drive away.

She was waiting outside her home for the rest of the family to get a ride to school. The car belongs to a relative.

On Thursday, the FBI released surveillance footage of a man walking toward Rosewood on Monday morning leading up to the hour when Hania was kidnapped. The FBI continues to ask the public to help identify the man that is seen walking on Lambeth Street, then turning left onto Elizabethtown Road. He appears to be wearing light-colored shoes, a light-colored shirt and a hoodie.

“Someone knows this individual and we need you to call us with information,” the FBI said in a statement Thursday. “Maybe there is someone who recognizes the way the man walks or his mannerisms or maybe he will recognize himself on TV.”

Police say a man abducted Hania Noelia Aguilar, 13, Monday morning as she waited for a ride to school. Lumberton Police Department

McNeill asked residents who live between the Rosewood Mobile Home Park and Quincey Drive to check their properties and think about what they’ve observed in the past week.

Hania is a Hispanic girl, 5 feet tall and weighs about 126 pounds. She has long black hair and brown eyes. She was last seen Monday Nov. 5 wearing a blue shirt with flowers and blue jeans.

Tips from the public led investigators to Quincey Drive on Thursday morning, where the stolen SUV was found in the brush.

The FBI and Gov. Roy Cooper’s office are offering a combined $20,000 reward for information that leads to finding Hania.

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