Autopsy confirms cause of death for kidnapped teen Hania Aguilar

Published: Dec. 8, 2018 at 3:47 AM EST
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More details are being released about the murder of kidnapped teenager Hania Aguilar.

The official autopsy report of Hania Aguilar was released Wednesday. The autopsy lists her official cause of death as "homicidal violence of undetermined means." But it also says she likely died from asphyxia.

The 13-year-old was kidnapped from outside her home in Lumberton on November fifth of last year.

Authorities recovered her body three weeks later.


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.