Authorities say a driver reported a brush fire in a wooded area off Interstate 85 in Warren County on March 15. When rescue crews arrived, they discovered the burned body of 23-year-old Aracely Aguilar. Police positively identified her body on Tuesday.
Aguilar went missing on March 14, just after she moved into a North Raleigh apartment with her boyfriend and three young children. Aguilar was not reported missing for 12 days. Her sister finally called Raleigh police from Chicago to file a report.
Police found the car Aguilar shared with her boyfriend in the parking lot of the Wal-Mart on New Hope Church Road, but there was no sign of her. Investigators thought Aguilar was last seen leaving her apartment. Now they believe she was near the Crabtree Valley Mall just hours before she was killed.
"We're particularly interested in anybody who might seen the victim in the vicinity of Glenwood Avenue near Crabtree Valley Mall on the late night hours of March 14," said Lt. Chris Morgan, of the Raleigh Police Department.
Police are not commenting on how Aguilar died or whether they have any suspects in her murder.
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