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FBI: Hania Aguilar suspect charged with rape, murder, kidnapping & more

Michael Ray McLellan (N.C. Dept. of Public Safety)

Local and federal law officials in North Carolina say they've charged a suspect in connection to the death of 13-year-old Hania Aguilar.

Michael Ray McLellan, 34, is charged with 10 felonies related to Aquilar's disappearance and death, including rape, murder and kidnapping, Lumberton (NC) Police and the FBI said Saturday morning, Dec. 8.

McLellan is being held in the Robeson County Detention Center without bond after appearing before a magistrate early Saturday.

McLellan was already in law enforcement custody on unrelated charges when warrants were served Saturday in connection to the Aguilar investigation, the FBI says.

Lumberton Police are charging McLellan as follows: 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 and Concealment of a death.

The FBI says McLellan forced Aguilar into a "family member’s idling SUV," and kidnapped her from her driveway in the Rosewood Mobile Home Park in Lumberton on November 5.

Agents recovered the stolen SUV on November 8. Law enforcement charged McLellan based on evidence found in the vehicle and evidence collected after Aguilar's body was found November 27, per the FBI.

McLellan will have his first court appearance at the Robeson County Courthouse on Monday beginning at 9 a.m.

The investigation of the case is ongoing, and additional charges could be filed, the FBI says.

Final autopsy and toxicology reports for Hania Aguilar are not complete, according to the agency.

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