FBI: Man arrested in loss of life of North Carolina teenager

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LUMBERTON, N.C. (AP) — Police have arrested and charged a person with killing a 13-year-old lady who was kidnapped final month from a North Carolina cell dwelling park.

The FBI mentioned early Saturday that Michael Ray McLellan has been charged in reference to the kidnapping and homicide of Hania Noelia Aguilar. The announcement comes the identical day {that a} memorial service for Aguilar is about to happen at a neighborhood highschool.

The 34-year-old McLellan faces first diploma homicide, rape and eight different felony costs. He’d been launched from jail in June and was nonetheless on parole from a 2017 felony breaking and getting into conviction, in line with the Information & Observer of Raleigh.

He was beforehand convicted in 2007 of assault with a lethal weapon and was launched on parole in 2016, the newspaper reported.

He’s being held with out bond within the Robeson County Detention Heart. He’ll seem in court docket on the Robeson County Courthouse on Monday.

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McLellan was in custody on the time of his arrest on costs unrelated to the Aguilar case, police mentioned.

On Nov. 5, police mentioned Aguilar went outdoors to begin a relative’s SUV to organize to go away for the bus cease when a person compelled her into the automobile and fled.

Her disappearance sparked an intensive search. Drones, canines, and scores of searchers on foot spent the next weeks combing the world. Police discovered her physique a number of weeks later in a physique of water about 10 miles (16 kilometers) south of the cell dwelling park the place she was kidnapped.

“That is the result that all of us feared,” Lumberton Police Chief Michael McNeill instructed reporters after the physique was discovered. “We didn’t need to hear this. We wished to deliver Hania again dwelling and produce her again dwelling alive to our neighborhood. It hurts.”

Police mentioned they adopted greater than 850 leads and performed almost 500 interviews. The FBI’s lab at Quantico, Virginia did a forensic examination on the stolen SUV, which was recovered a number of days after Aguilar’s preliminary disappearance. The North Carolina State Crime Lab supplied check outcomes on Aguilar’s physique. Police mentioned the exams helped outcome within the costs towards McLellan.

A big turnout is anticipated at Aguilar’s funeral Saturday at Lumberton Excessive College. Her father, who lives in Guatemala, was denied an expedited visa to attend his daughter’s funeral.

Police mentioned the investigation is ongoing and extra costs could possibly be filed.

The Related Press contributed to this report.

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