Outpouring of support, prayers after body found ‘believed to be Hania’

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LUMBERTON, NC (FOX 46 WJZY/AP) — The FBI says a body has been found in an area of North Carolina where searchers have been looking for a missing teenager for three weeks.

A news release Tuesday said FBI agents and detectives of the Lumberton Police Department found the body around 4:45 p.m. off Wire Grass Road, east of Interstate 95 and south of Lumberton.

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Officials would not say immediately if the body found was that of 13-year-old Hania Aguilar, who was kidnapped Nov. 5 from a mobile home park after going outside to start a relative’s SUV to prepare to leave for the school bus stop.

Police say a man then forced the teenager into an SUV and drove off. The SUV was later found in Lumberton, several miles from the mobile home park.

The FBI said the body has been removed from the scene by crime officials and is on the way to the state crime lab in Raleigh for identification and an autopsy. There is no time frame for when a positive identification will be made, they said. 

“As you can imagine this is a very difficult time for Hania’s family as they wait to hear if the body we found today is their loved one,” the FBI said in a written statement. 

A news conference is scheduled for 3:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Lumberton Police Department.

Check back with FOX 46 Charlotte throughout the day for updates on this case. 

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