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Autopsy of 13 year old Hania Aguilar released

FILE - This Sunday, Nov. 4, 2018, photo provided by FBI shows Hania Noelia Aguilar, the day before she went missing in Lumberton, N.C. Investigators believe a body found in North Carolina is Aguilar. Authorities said at a news conference Wednesday, Nov. 28, that preliminary tests show the body found a day earlier is that of Aguilar.(FBI via AP)

The autopsy report of 13-year-old Hania Noelia Aguilar doesn't list a specific cause of death but does say she likely died as a result of a form of asphyxia.

Hania was abducted near her family's home off of Elizabethtown Road in Lumberton back in November and found dead 22 days later in a wooded area off of Wire Grass Road in Lumberton.

The North Carolina Office of the Chief Medical Examiner released the results of the autopsy Wednesday, which lists Hania's cause of death as homicidal violence of undetermined means. It says her unclad, mildly-decomposed body was found "partially submerged in a muddy pit under plastic folding table."

The suspect accused in the murder, is 34 year- old Michael McLellan. He is charged with 10 felonies related to Hania's case, including first-degree murder, first-degree rape and first-degree kidnapping. He was denied bond on those charges. If convicted, McLellan may face the death penalty.

McLellan is being held at a prison in Raleigh until his case goes to trial.




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