Suspect arrested in connection to kidnapping, murder of Hania Aguilar

Hania Aguilar (FBI photo)

The Lumberton Police Department and the FBI announced early Saturday morning the arrest of a suspect in the murder of teenager Hania Noelia Aguilar.

Michael Ray McLellan, 34, was already in custody when he was arrested on unrelated charges. He was charged Friday with the following:

-- 1st Degree Murder

-- 1st Degree Forcible Rape

-- Statutory rape of a person under 15 years of age or younger

-- 1st Degree Sexual Offense

-- Statutory sex offense with a person 15 years or younger

-- 1st Degree Kidnapping

-- Felony Larceny

-- Felony Restraint

-- Abduction of Child

-- Concealment of a death

McLellan stood before a state magistrate at the Robeson County Detention Center in the early morning hours of Saturday. He is currently being held in the Robeson County Detention Center with no bond. McLellan will have his first court appearance at the Robeson County Courthouse on Monday at 9 a.m.

Aguilar's body was found in a body of water near where she lived on Nov. 27. Hania was abducted just before 7 a.m. on Nov. 5 outside her home in the Rosewood Mobile Home Park.

Witnesses reported seeing a man dressed in all black and a yellow bandanna forcing Hania into an SUV. She hadn't been seen or heard from since.

The SBI and the Robeson County Sheriff’s Office, the Lumberton Police Department and the FBI followed more than 850 leads and conducted nearly 500 interviews, according to a pres release from the FBI. The FBI’s Lab at Quantico conducted a forensic exam of the stolen SUV, recovered on November 8.

The FBI also said the investigation is ongoing and additional charges could be filed as the case continues. Final autopsy and toxicology reports are not complete at this time.

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