Man charged with kidnapping, rape & murder of Hania Aguilar

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Michael Ray McLellan

On the day of her funeral, the Lumberton Police Department and the FBI announced an arrest in connection with the kidnapping and murder of 13-year-old Hania Aguilar.

34-year-old Michael Ray McLellan was being held at the time of his arrest on unrelated charges.

The Lumberton Police Department charged McLellan with first degree murder, first degree forcible rape, statutory rape of a person under 15 years of age or younger, first degree sexual offense, statutory sex offense with a person 15 years or younger, first degree kidnapping, felony larceny, felony restraint, abduction of child, and concealment of a death. 

McLellan was denied bond and is being held in the Robeson County Detention Center.

McLellan will have his first court appearance at the Robeson County Courthouse on Monday beginning at 9:00am.

The investigation is ongoing, additional charges could be filed as the case continues.  

Final autopsy and toxicology reports are not complete at this time.

FBI investigators said Hania was forced into a family member’s idling SUV and kidnapped from her driveway in the Rosewood Mobile Home Park in Lumberton on November 5. 

The FBI, supported by the NC State Bureau of Investigation, the Robeson County Sheriff’s Office, and the Lumberton Police Department, followed over 850 leads and conducted nearly 500 interviews.

The FBI’s Lab at Quantico conducted a forensic exam of the stolen SUV, recovered on November 8.

The results of tests on Hania’s body by the North Carolina State Crime Lab and a thorough criminal investigation resulted in the current charges, according to the FBI.

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