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FBI Asks Deer Hunters For Video To Aid In Search For Kidnapped Eighth Grader
Could surveillance footage from deer hunters lead police to missing Hania Aguilar, a teen girl kidnapped by a man with a bandana over his face?
The FBI is asking deer hunters to turn over surveillance video from the North Carolina county where a 13-year-old girl was kidnapped more than two weeks ago.
News outlets report the agency said in a statement Tuesday that it needed "every piece of video" that could help determine the exact movements of the SUV stolen from the mobile home park where Hania Aguilar was kidnapped Nov. 5.
Aguilar was in the front yard of her Lumberton, North Carolina home waiting for her family to bring her to school just before 7 a.m. on Nov. 5. 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 was later found in Lumberton, several miles from the mobile home park. The vehicle was found in a wooded area, but there is still no trace of the eighth grader.
Aguilar is described as 5 feet tall, weighing about 126 pounds. She has black hair and brown eyes. She was last wearing a blue shirt with flowers, paired with blue jeans.
Authorities searched more areas on foot Tuesday using drones and dogs.
The FBI is now offering a $25,000 reward for her return and local police are offering a $5,000 reward for information that leads to her whereabouts.
Last week, the FBI released a statement written by Elsa Hernández pleading for her daughter’s return.
She has also made several appearances on television, which have resulted in criticism and rumors from the public, the Fayetteville Observer reports.
“Every time a mother or a family member talks on TV about something like this, the bad side of social media comes out again,” FBI spokeswoman Shelley Lynch said at a press conference held on Tuesday. “And that is stressful for her — for people to pick apart how she looks and her reaction. It’s heartbreaking.”
The Associated Press contributed to this report.