Timeline: Teen Hania Aguilar has been missing for 1 week

Wednesday, November 28, 2018
A week laterm search continues for Hania Aguilar
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Hania Aguilar has not been seen or heard from for a week.

LUMBERTON, North Carolina -- It has been one week since anyone has seen or heard from 13-year-old Hania Aguilar.

On Monday, Nov. 5, the teen was forced into a stolen, green SUV while she was outside of her Lumberton home.


Monday, Nov. 5

7 a.m.: A man wearing all black and a yellow bandana forced Hania into a stolen SUV while she was warming up her family's car to go to school

10 a.m.: Authorities issue an Amber Alert for the missing teen

Tuesday, Nov. 6

An FBI agent reads a message from the girl's mother that said, "I just want my daughter back with me. I'm here waiting for you, I love you and only care about you. I don't have anything against whoever did this to you. I just want you back."

Wednesday, Nov. 7

Morning: The FBI offers a $15,000 reward for information leading to Hania's whereabouts

12 p.m.: The FBI released surveillance video of the stolen SUV seen in Lumberton moments after her kidnapping

7:30 p.m.: Lumberton residents hold an emotional vigil for the teen

Thursday, Nov. 8

10 a.m.: Authorities locate the SUV used in the teen's kidnapping

3:30 p.m.: The FBI releases video of a man seen walking near Hania's abduction site

Afternoon: The girl's mother spoke with ABC11, begging the public to help bring her daughter home

Friday, Nov. 9

Morning: Gov. Roy Cooper announced the state would add $5,000 to the FBI's reward for information that helps find Hania, increasing the total reward to $20,000

Evening: Hania's church community gathers and prays for her safe return

Sunday, Nov. 11

Morning: Investigators were searching near the girl's home by Rosewood Mobile Home Park and Quincey Drive

Hania stands 5 feet and weighs 126 pounds. She has long black hair, brown eyes, and braces.

She was last seen wearing a blue shirt with flowers and blue jeans.

Anyone with information about her whereabouts is asked to call the FBI tip line at 910-272-5871.

Monday, Nov. 12

Afternoon:Officials held a news conference about the investigation. There were no major breaks in the case, but FBI agents said evidence found in the recovered SUV has been sent to the federal agency's crime lab in Quantico, Virginia. Authorities continued to ask for the public's help with any scrap of information that may lead to a breakthrough in the case.

Tuesday, Nov. 13

Afternoon: The FBI announced that it increased the reward for information in Hania Aguilar's disappearance from $15,000 to $25,000. With the $5,000 Gov. Roy Cooper promised from the state, that brings the total to $30,000.

Wednesday, Nov. 14

Lumberton Mayor Bruce Davis says he's hopeful police will announce an update soon.

"I'm very hopeful. I'm very hopeful," said Davis. "They've got too many leads not to know something."

Friday, Nov. 16

Search for Hania is featured on the FBI's website as the Most Wanted Case of the Week.

Spanish podcast released by FBI in hopes of bringing in more tips to help the search

Monday, Nov. 19

FBI issues urgent request for surveillance video, expanding the request for surveillance video to any hunter in Robeson County

"We are desperately trying to locate additional footage of the stolen SUV to determine when and how it got to Quincey Drive where it was found on November 8th."

Tuesday, Nov. 20

FBI asks area deer hunters to check their video recording devices

"Let us determine whether or not the footage you have can provide us with any investigative clues," an FBI spokesperson said.

Wednesday, Nov. 21

FBI announces it has investigated nearly 800 leads and conducted more than 400 interviews in the search for Hania Aguilar

Thursday, Nov. 22

Hania Aguilar's family spends Thanksgiving without the 13-year-old

"That's my Thanksgiving prayer," neighbor Patsy Jones said. "I pray that she'll be all right."

Saturday, Nov. 24

FBI releases picture of shoes Aguilar was wearing at the time of her abduction

Tuesday, Nov. 27

4:45 p.m.: Body found off Wire Grass Road in Robeson County. FBI alerts Aguilar's family, saying the body has not been positively identified, but it was found as investigators followed up on leads in the Aguilar case

Wednesday, Nov. 28

3:30 p.m.: Lumberton Police Chief Michael McNeil, said authorities believe they have found the body of Hania Aguilar in a body of water off Wire Grass Road. "I wish we had a different outcome for Hania's family," McNeil said at an afternoon news conference.

McNeill said dental records will be used to make positive identification.