A day after the discovery of a body in North Carolina, preliminary tests revealed that the remains belonged to Hania Aguilar, a teenager missing for weeks, officials said Wednesday.
"Today, the chief of medical examiners said the preliminary tests indicated that the body found was Hania's," said Lumberton Police Chief Michael McNeill. "But the final confirmation will be made using a comparison of the dental records."
The authorities made the announcement at a press conference, which was posted on the Lumberton Police Service Facebook page.
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"This is the result we all feared," he said. "We did not want to hear that, we wanted to bring Hania home and bring her back alive to our community.
Investigators said that on the morning of November 5, a man dressed in black clothes pushed Aguilar into the SUV of a family member and drove away. A witness said he heard her screaming during the altercation.
A few days later, on November 8, the green Ford Expedition in question was discovered after someone said to have found it leaning against a forested area.
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The FBI's Charlotte office announced Tuesday via Twitter that the Lumberton agency and police had discovered a body in Robeson County at around 4:45 pm local hour.
"The body was not positively identified, but the agents were following the tracks related to 13-year-old Hania Aguilar's research," the FBI said. tweet I said. "Please, keep praying for Hania, her family and for each other."
The body was located in a water plan, McNeill said Wednesday.
The authorities have promised to continue their investigation and have stated that their work "will not stop" as long as the person responsible for the disappearance of the adolescent will not be "brought to justice". The investigators said that they currently had no suspects or people of interest.
Nicole Darrah of Fox News and the Associated Press contributed to this report.