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FBI, police look for colorfully stitched sneakers as hunt for Hania Aguilar continues

Posted November 23, 2018 2:10 p.m. EST
Updated November 24, 2018 7:44 p.m. EST

— The FBI and Lumberton Police Department said the person who kidnapped 13-year-old Hania Aguilar could try to get rid of a distinctive pair of sneakers.

Before she was kidnapped Nov. 5, Aguilar’s family bought her a pair of white Adidas brand sneakers with black stripes and colorful stitching on the heel of the shoe.

FBI, police searching for Hania Aguilar's sneakers

The law enforcement agencies asked members of the public to try to remember if they saw such a pair of shoes that were discarded or in a donation bin or if someone tried to sell those shoes.

FBI, police searching for Hania Aguilar's sneakers

Earlier this week, FBI officials said they are looking to obtain surveillance video from Robeson County residents of the stolen SUV used to kidnap Aguilar outside her Lumberton home.

Officials are requesting surveillance videos from anywhere in the county but specifically along Highway 41/Elizabethtown Road and any side streets, especially along Popes Crossing Road, Wire Grass Road, and Lovett Road.

On Nov. 9, the stolen SUV was found on Quincey Drive in Lumberton, several miles from where Aguilar was kidnapped. There was no sign of the 13-year-old in the vehicle when it was found.

A $30,000 award has been advertised for information that leads to Aguilar's location or an arrest for those responsible.

Relatives said that the eighth-grader went outside to leave for the school bus stop when a man forced her into the SUV and drove off.

There is surveillance video of a man walking on Lambeth Street before turning north on NC Highway 41 towards the mobile home park minutes before the 13-year-old was kidnapped. FBI officials would like to find that man or anyone who recognizes him from the video, although they have not said he is a suspect.

Law enforcement officials have followed over 800 leads and conducted over 400 in person interviews in an attempt to find her.

"The Lumberton Police Department, the FBI, and a number of our state, local, and federal law enforcement partners are actively following investigative leads to find Hania Aguilar," the FBI Charlotte Division said Saturday. "Call the tip line number at 910-272-5871 if you have information to #FindHania."