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Man charged with Hania Aguilar’s murder denied bond

By Erin Smith

The man arrested and charged with Hania Aguilar’s murder made his first appearance in Robeson County Court Monday where his bond was revoked, according to court records.

The FBI announced late Saturday that an arrest had been made in the murder of 13-year-old Hania Aguilar.  According to the release from the FBI, “The Lumberton Police Department and the FBI have arrested 34-year-old Michael Ray McLellan in connection with the kidnapping and murder of 13-year-old Hania Noelia Aguilar. McLellan was being held at the time of his arrest in law enforcement custody on charges unrelated to this case.”

McLellan is facing charges of 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. He is being held with no bond.

Aguilar was abducted on Monday, November 5th, as she stood in the front yard of her family’s home waiting for a family member to drive her to school. She was forced into a stolen green Ford Expedition that was later found on Quincy Drive.

According to the FBI, Aguilar’s body was found on November 27th in a body of water just off Wire Grass Road in Robeson County.

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