DA: DNA linked suspect to murder of Hania Aguilar

LUMBERTON, N.C. (WITN) - Authorities say DNA linked a suspect arrested over the weekend for last month's kidnapping and murder of a Lumberton girl.

Michael McLellan wore a bullet-proof vest during a first court appearance today in Robeson County.

He is charged with kidnapping 13-year-old Hania Aguilar outside her home on November 5th.

The relative's SUV that was stolen was found a few days after the kidnapping, while the girl's body was found three weeks later.

"When the car was found and the car was processed, Mr. McLellan became a suspect," District Attorney Johnson Britt said today.

McLellan was initially arrested November 13th for unrelated charges of kidnapping and attempted robbery.

The man was also charged with a 2016 rape of another teenager, according to authorities.

A judge today put him under no bond and he will be kept at a facility in Raleigh until trial.


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The FBI and Lumberton Police have arrested 34-year-old Michael McLellan in connection with the kidnapping and murder of 13-year-old Hania Aguilar.

McLellan is charged with a number of felonies including first-degree murder, first-degree forcible rape and first-degree kidnapping.

McLellan is currently being held in the Robeson County Detention Center with no bond. He will have his first appearance at the Robeson County Courthouse on Monday at 9 a.m.

The investigation is still ongoing and final autopsy and toxicology reports are not complete at this time.