The FBI has released a surveillance photo of an SUV connected to the abduction of a 13-year-old North Carolina girl who witnesses say was forced into the vehicle by a bandana-masked man as she waited in front of her home to go to school.
Federal authorities tweeted out Wednesday a photo of a green 2002 Ford Expedition with South Carolina license plate number NWS984. The car has paint peeling from the hood and a Clemson sticker on the back window.
Hania Noleia Aguilar was in the front yard of her home in Lumberton, North Carolina waiting for her family to bring her to school just before 7 a.m. Monday. 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 bandana over his face forced her into her aunt's SUV and drove off, according to local police.
"We are asking anyone in the Lumberton area who may have a camera or video surveillance system to save the video and contact the tip line immediately at 910-272-5871," the FBI said on Wednesday. "Even if you do not see the vehicle in your video, please call the tip line anyway, as it may still contain important information."
Aguilar is being described as being 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.
Her family is urging whoever took Aguilar to return her to safety.
"I want for him to remember that he is a son, he has a mother, probably sisters," family member Maria Bonilla said at a press conference earlier this week, according to WTVD in Raleigh. "For him to have a heart. To put his hand on his heart and think about his family, if someone would take his mother, sisters or a member of his own family. That's all."
The FBI is offering a reward up to $15,000. Anyone with information is urged to call 911 or a special tip line established for the kidnapping at 910-272-5871.
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