LUMBERTON, N.C. (AP) - A total reward of $20,000 is being offered in the case of a 13-year-old girl kidnapped from a North Carolina mobile home park.
News outlets report Lumberton police announced Friday that Gov. Roy Cooper's office is offering $5,000 for information that leads to Hania Noelia Aguilar. The FBI is offering $15,000.
Relatives say the eighth-grader went outside last week to start a relative's SUV to prepare to leave for the bus stop. Police say a man then forced her into an SUV and drove off.
The FBI says the SUV was found in Lumberton Thursday, several miles from the mobile home park. Police Chief Michael McNeill asked nearby residents to check their property for anything unusual.
Investigators are seeking help identifying a person seen on surveillance video near the scene.
More evidence continues to roll in surrounding the abduction of a teenager in North Carolina.
The FBI is hoping someone can help them identify the person seen walking in this surveillance footage. It shows what appears to be a man wearing light colored shoes, a light-colored shirt, and a hoodie walking down Lambeth Street in Lumberton, then turning left onto Highway 41 and Elizabethtown Road towards the Rosewood Mobile Home Park. The mobile home park is the scene of the kidnapping of Hania Aguilar.
The SUV involved in the abduction was found in a field just before 8:00 a.m. Off Quincey Drive, not too far from her home. Family members say the 13-year-old went outside her home Monday morning to start a relative's SUV to prepare to leave for the bus stop. That's when witnesses say a man forced her into the vehicle and drove off.
Lumberton Police Chief Michael McNeill said, "We've got the vehicle, a lot of work's going to go in and process, processing this vehicle. And we're hoping and praying that we can find her now and find her safely and get her back to her family that's our primary goal."
The FBI is offering a $15,000 reward in the case of Aguilar for information that leads to an arrest.