Amber Alert: $15K reward offered in case of kidnapped North Carolina teen

LUMBERTON, N.C. (WNCN/WFLA) - The FBI announced a $15,000 reward for information that leads them to the subject of an Amber Alert. 

Police in Lumberton, North Carolina say 13-year-old Hania Noleia Aguilar was waiting for a ride to school when she was grabbed from a yard in the Rosewood Mobile Home Park at about 7 a.m. Monday morning. 

On Wednesday, authorities released a photo Wednesday of the SUV wanted in connection with her kidnapping.

The stolen 2002 green Ford Expedition was caught on a surveillance camera in Lumberton just minutes after Hania was taken, according to the FBI.

An FBI spokesperson said Wednesday that authorities want to speak with anyone who lives in the mobile home park

The man forced Aguilar into a green 2002 Ford Expedition registered a relative of Aguilar. The vehicle has a South Carolina license plate NWS-984 and was last seen leaving the mobile home park turning left onto Elizabethtown Road.

The paint on the hood is peeling and there is a Clemson sticker on the rear window, according to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.

Aguilar had the keys and started the SUV so that a family member could take her to school.

A neighbor called 911 to report the kidnapping after a family member went to help Aguilar.

A Spanish translator was called to assist with the 911, the FBI said.

After grabbing the child and forcing her into the stolen SUV, the man drove away. Aguilar was wearing a blue shirt with flowers and blue jeans. She is 5 feet tall and weighs approximately 126 pounds.

During a noon news conference on Monday, officials said they were checking area surveillance cameras and performing a door-to-door search.

"We all feel devastated and sad, and we are wanting everyone's help to help us locate her, I hope God brings her back to us safe, she's a good girl, I don't know why they did that to her," said the victim's aunt Ermila Barrera.

"Investigators are interviewing witnesses family and friends as well as conducting a door to door canvas in the neighborhood and checking any surveillance to find out any information we can," said Lumberton Police Chief Mike McNeil.

The AMBER Alert was issued at 9:54 a.m. Monday by the North Carolina Department of Public Safety.

Anyone who sees Aguilar or the stolen vehicle is urged to call Sgt. Pete Locklear at the Lumberton Police Department at 910-671-3845, 911 or *HP.

A special tip line has been set up for anyone to call with information on the teen - 910-272-5871. 

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