Stolen SUV recovered but search continues for abducted girl

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The stolen SUV in which a 13-year-old was kidnapped has been recovered — but the desperate search for the girl continues.

Eighth-grader Hania Noleia Aguilar was kidnapped just before 7 a.m. Monday outside her home at the Rosewood Mobile Home Park in Lumberton, North Carolina, according to Lumberton Police.

Hania had grabbed her aunt’s keys that morning so she could go turn on the car before school when a witness saw a man — dressed in all black with a yellow bandanna over his face — approach the girl and force her into the car, police said.

The suspect then stole the car and drove away with Hania, police said.

PHOTO: An undated photo of missing 13-year-old Hania Aguilar.
An undated photo of missing 13-year-old Hania Aguilar.

Authorities on Wednesday release surveillance footage of the car snapped moments after the kidnapping.

PHOTO: Investigators have released images of the stolen SUV captured in the minutes after Hania Aguilar was kidnapped from her home.
Investigators have released images of the stolen SUV captured in the minutes after Hania Aguilar was kidnapped from her home.

The stolen SUV was then found just before 8 a.m. Thursday in Lumberton, police said.

As the search for Hania continues, the police department asks anyone who lives or owns a business on or around Quincey Road and has a video surveillance camera system to call the tip line at 910-272-5871.

When Hania was abducted, her relative ran to a neighbor for help, and at 6:54 a.m., they dialed 911, the FBI said.

“We were going to school,” the caller said frantically, when a “man came and took the girl and the truck.”

The caller spoke in Spanish and the dispatcher incorporated a translator into the conversation, the FBI said.

There is no indication Hania was targeted, officials said.

Hania is described as a Hispanic girl who is 5 feet tall and weighs about 126 pounds, the FBI said. She has black hair and brown eyes and was last seen wearing a blue shirt with flowers and blue jeans.

The FBI is offering a reward up to $15,000.

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