FBI: Hania Aguilar suspect charged with rape, murder, kidnapping, among others


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

    ROBESON COUNTY, N.C. (WCIV) — Local and federal law enforcement officers in North Carolina have charged a suspect in connection to the death of 13-year-old Hania Aguilar, who went missing last month.

    Michael Ray McLellan, 34, is charged with 10 felonies related to Aquilar's disappearance and death, including rape, murder and kidnapping, police said Saturday.

    A memorial service for Aguilar is also scheduled for Saturday.

    McLellan is being held without bond after appearing before a magistrate early Saturday. The suspect was already in law enforcement custody on unrelated charges when warrants were served Saturday in connection to the Aguilar investigation, according to the FBI.

    Police are charging McLellan with first degree murder, first degree forcible rape, statutory rape of a person under 15, first degree sexual offense, statutory sex offense with a person 15 or younger, first 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 a mobile home park in Lumberton, N.C. on November 5.

    FILE - This Sunday, Nov. 4, 2018, photo provided by FBI shows Hania Noelia Aguilar, the day before she went missing in Lumberton, N.C. (FBI via AP)

    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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