A body has been discovered by authorities in North Carolina during a search for a kidnapped 13-year-old girl, just 10 miles from her home.
The FBI's Charlotte office tweeted Tuesday about the discovery of the body, which has yet to be identified.
“Please continue to pray for Hania, her family, & each other,” the FBI wrote.
Hania Noelia Aguilar went missing on Nov. 5. That morning, she was in the front yard of her Lumberton, North Carolina home waiting for her family to bring her to school. She had her aunt's car keys and was on her way to start up the vehicle when witnesses say a kidnapper dressed in black with a yellow bandana over his face forced her into her aunt's SUV and drove off, according to local police. The SUV connected to the teen’s abduction was found in a wooded area earlier this month but there was no sign of Aguilar for weeks.
The body was found off a road in Lumberton. It is on its way to the state crime lab for identification and an autopsy, according to WPDE-TV in Florence, South Carolina. The remains were found just 10 miles away from where Aguilar lives, WRAL-TV in Raleigh reports.
“This is an unfortunate end to an extensive search and we are committed to supporting all students and staff as they cope with the heartbreaking tragedy,” Dr. Shanita Wooten, superintendent of schools in Robeson County, where Aguilar attended eighth grade, said in a statement about the discovery.
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