LUMBERTON, N.C. (WPDE) — The FBI had stern words Friday for the person responsible for abducting Hania Aguilar, the 13-year-old Lumberton girl from outside of her home on Monday morning.
FBI supervisory special agent Andy Delarocha said they're still seeking the identity of the walking man whose image was released Thursday.
"Someone knows this man...," Delarocha said Friday. "The public was critical to discovering the SUV. We need you to come through again for us."
Hundreds of leads have come in, Delarocha says, and each one is being followed up individually.
"Please don't spread rumors, accusations, innuendos,"Delarocha said Friday. "Stick with the facts. Every time a false lead comes in, it drains resources. It's harmful, and we don't need those types of false reports."
In a news conference carried live on the WPDE Facebook page Friday, Delarocha said:
The person responsible, if they're watching this, we're coming after you. We're not going to stop.
Delarocha also delivered a message from Hania's mother:
You provided help. You can continue to provide help. We need your help. We need Hania to come home. You saw this man. You were in the cars. You know who he is. You know where he was coming from. Please come forward with information. We just want Hania home.
In a press conference Friday, Lumberton Police Chief Michael McNeill said the North Carolina Office of Emergency Management, which is specially trained, conducted a ground search and abandoned buildings within a mile of where the SUV was found Thursday. McNeill says the SUV has been processed and they hope it may offer clues in the search for Hania, but authorities won't reveal how long the SUV had been there before it was found.
Chief McNeill encourages residents in the area to check their own properties and outbuildings.
"If you see anything unusual or out of place on your property, please report it," McNeill said.
The Lumberton Police Department has set up a special tip line for the Hania case: 910-272-5871.
Hania was abducted and forced into a stolen SUV Monday morning just before 7 a.m. in front of her home in the Rosewood Mobile Home Community. Witnesses report seeing a man in all black clothing and a yellow bandana forcing her into the SUV.
Hania is a Hispanic female, 5-feet tall, weighing approximately 126 pounds. She has black hair, and brown eyes. She was last seen wearing a blue shirt with flowers and blue jeans.
North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper has thrown $5,000 on top of the FBI's $15,000 reward for information leading to Hania Aguilar, according to Chief McNeill.