After three weeks of searching, authorities say they have found 13-year-old Hania Aguilar’s body.
As Dearly previously reported, Hania was allegedly abducted from her North Carolina front yard around 7 a.m. on Monday, November 5 while waiting on her family to drive her to school.
As WRAL reports, Hania’s body was found about 4:45 p.m. on Tuesday, November 27 in a body of water in the woods.
The FBI told WRAL that they did find evidence at the scene where the body was found, but they cannot yet determine whether the young girl died there or elsewhere.
FBI special agent Any De La Rocha said the news devastated Hania’s mother, not only because her body was found but because a lot of false information is being spread on social media:
“Last night I had to stand in front of Hania’s mother and explain to her what we had found and you can all imagine what that has done to her. Can you further imagine what is happening to her as she hears things that are not based in fact. “
Even after weeks of her missing, Hania’s mother was still hopeful authorities would find her daughter alive.
During a press conference on Wednesday, November 28, Lumberton Police Chief Michael McNeill said this was a hard announcement to make:
“I wish we had a different outcome for Hania’s family.”
However, McNeil said justice will be served:
“Be as vigilant as you’ve always been. Make sure you check your surroundings and all. We’ll work this thing diligently to find out who committed this crime.”
In an effort to find those responsible for Hania’s death, authorities are now looking through all surveillance footage from nearby homes and businesses. They are hoping this will help piece together clues to what may have happened exactly.
One of the videos reportedly shows a man walking in Hania’s neighborhood the same morning she was abducted.
The $30,000 reward for information leading to an arrest is still available. Anyone with information regarding this case is asked to call the tip line at (910) 272-5871.