Active searches continue for abducted Lumberton teen Hania Aguilar

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Saturday, investigators searched parts of Lumberton hoping to get closer to finding a 13-year-old girl who was kidnapped nearly a week ago.

It’s been five days since Hania Aguilar was taken outside her home at the Rosewood Mobile Home Park just before 7 a.m. Monday.

Police said a witness saw a man dressed in all black and wearing a yellow bandana force Aguilar into an SUV, which the man then stole.

All week, Cody Heubach has seen investigators throughout his neighborhood looking for Aguilar.

“When it hits home like this, it’s kind of scary,” Heubach said. 

He lives near Quincey Drive, where the stolen SUV was later found.

Since then, he’s been re-tracing his steps hoping to help investigators. 

“I was trying to run back through (and) get a timeline,” Heubach said. “I drive by that spot where the vehicle was found every day on the way to work.”

Heubach’s neighbor, Trey Cox, has looked through days of footage from his security cameras to try and help out. 

“Literally, they found this vehicle 1,000 yards from my back door,” Cox said. “I just hope that we find her alive, and I hope we find her sooner rather than later.” 

Authorities also released surveillance video showing a man they’re trying to identify.

Wearing white shoes and a hoodie the man was walking down Lambeth Street, then turned left onto Elizabethtown Road towards the Rosewood Mobile Home Park where Aguilar was last seen Monday morning.

Police said they do not consider the man a person of interest. 

“This child deserves to be at school and with her friends, and growing up to lead a long, healthy life,” Cox added.  

Cox and Heubach hope these findings, and more tips from the community can get answers. 

“Everything helps,” Heubach said. “Even if you think it’s a little detail, that may be the one piece the police department needs to make a breakthrough.” 

Saturday, North Carolina State Highway Patrol’s helicopter flew evidence from the investigation to be processed and analyzed by the FBI in Quantico, Va.

The FBI and North Carolina authorities have posted a $20,000 reward for information leading to Aguilar’s location. 

The Lumberton Police Department has set up a special tip line for people to call with any information to help investigators find Aguilar.

Investigators are also asking if homeowners or business owners have surveillance video, and they have not already been contacted, to call the tip line at (910) 272-5871. 

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