North Carolina authorities have arrested a man in connection with the kidnapping and murder of 13-year-old Hania Aguilar.
Michael Ray McLellan, 34, has been charged with 10 felonies for first-degree murder, first-degree forcible rape, statutory rape of a person under 15 years of age, 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.
He was already in custody for unrelated charges at the time of his arrest.
Police say Hania was snatched from her driveway at Rosewood Mobile Home Park in Lumberton and forced into the back of a family member’s idling SUV on the morning of November 5.
The SUV was found several miles south of her mobile home park and her body was found a few miles further away on November 27.
North Carolina authorities have arrested 34-year-old Michael Ray McLellan in connection with the kidnapping, rape and murder of 13-year-old Hania Aguilar
Police say Aguilar was snatched from outside her home in Lumberton and forced into the back of an SUV on November 5. Her body was found last week
McLellan’s arrest came after results from an FBI forensic exam of the stolen SUV wer cross-matched with the results from preliminary tests on Hania’s body by the North Carolina State Crime Lab.
The 34-year-old stood before a state magistrate at the Robeson County Detention Center early on Saturday morning, according to Fox8.
He is currently being held at Robeson County Detention Center with no bond and is scheduled to appear in front of a judge on Monday morning at 9am EST.
Authorities say additional charges could be filed as the investigation is ongoing and final autopsy and toxicology reports have not yet been completed.