A distraught mother told reporters on Wednesday, after her daughter went missing, that she just wants her to return home safe and sound.
The 13-year-old Hania Noelia Aguilar was kidnapped outside her home in North Carolina while waiting for the school bus to pick her up.
"I am here waiting for you, I love you, and I only care about you, and I don’t have anything against whoever did this to you. I just want you back."
She said that while Hania was waiting to go to school, an unknown man forced the teenager into the family car parked in the driveway and drove off.
The Green 2002 Ford Expedition has a South Carolina license plate – NWS-984 – and belonged to Hania's aunt.
On the morning of her disappearance, the car was parked outside, and Hania wanted to start the vehicle while waiting for her aunt but she was told not to. Her aunt, Heylin Perez, said:
“She just got the keys and started to turn it on. And somewhere out of nowhere the man came in and took her away."
Hania's family was indoors during the attack, but their neighbor witnessed the entire thing. He told investigators that the assailant was wearing all black, but the neighbor couldn't see his face as it was covered by a yellow bandana.
Authorities are asking members of the community to call the Lumberton Police Department on (910) 671-3845. Every little bit of information helps.
The FBI is also offering a reward of up to $15,000 for information that would lead to Hania's safe return. The investigating officer, Chief McNeil, told reporters:
"Every second counts when a child is missing. We want to make sure that we do everything, in the early hours, to get this child back."