Lumberton, N.C. (WPDE) — As the search for 13 year-old Hania Noelia Aguilar continues, residents and business owners in Lumberton are joining forces to spread the word.
They’re placing FBI “missing person” posters along their front windows and doors.
Everywhere from the Family Dollar store, to the gas station and the salon.
“We are parents, too. So what if something happened to our child, you know? I’d want people to get the word out too,” said Vicki Lawrence, a stylist at Creative Image Salon near downtown Lumberton.
Lawrence’s salon has a sign on the front window. She also keeps a sign on her desk, giving each customer the chance to read it.
“You just can’t imagine something like that,” she said. “Really, you can’t.”
Neither can anybody else. Everyone in the town is asking why she’s gone, and where she is.
“It’s really crazy that she was on her way from school, trying to get an education to learn, you know, it’s senseless, really,” said Jamacha McEair, a mother of four elementary school-aged children, who lives in Lumberton. “It doesn’t make any sense. And it’s right here in Lumberton.”
For some people, it’s hard to find the words.
“I can’t even describe it, to be honest with you,” said Robert Bullard, also a parent. “It’s just heartbreaking. Just heartbreaking.”
But Vicki and her team at the salon will keep the signs posted until Aguilar is found.
“The more together, I feel like, we should be able to accomplish something, you know, but we’re praying. We’re still praying,” she said.
The FBI is offering a $15,000 reward for information leading to Aguilar’s return.