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911 call led officers to SUV used in girl's kidnapping

Aerial view suspect SUV in Hania Aguilar's disappearance, Nov. 8, 2018. (Credit: WTVD)

Robeson County authorities confirm the SUV used in the kidnapping of 13-year-old Hania Aguilar, of Lumberton, has been found.

A 911 call led deputies to Quincey Drive off of Alamac Road in Lumberton where they found the green 2002 Ford Expedition, according to Lumberton Police Chief Michael McNeill.

“Our search has for Hania is expanding every second, and it’s also become more dire now. The stolen SUV used in the kidnapping of was found just before 8 a.m. this morning off Quincey Drive here in Lumberton, North Carolina. Someone called 911 and said they saw the vehicle backed in the woods," said McNeill.

The FBI's Evidence Response Team will process the vehicle.

McNeill explained, “An incredible amount of investigative work is going on with law enforcement officers-- and all the departments that we have to try and find Hania. That’s our main goal right now-- we’ve got the vehicle. A lot of work is going to go into processing this vehicle, and we’re hoping and praying that we can fine her now and find her safely and get her back to her family-- that’s our primary goal.”

The FBI calls the finding of the SUV a "significant break for us. Absolutely it is.”

A deputy on scene said the SUV was found on the side of the road.

Authorities are asking anyone who lives in or owns a business in the area and has a surveillance system to please call their tip line at 910-272-5871.

Deputies blocked off the entrance of Quincey Drive at Alamac Road in Lumberton. A deputy said that's because it will take hours to process the scene, and investigators need a significant portion of the road to do it.

One officer on scene was walking and looking along the edge of the woods.

Traffic along Alamac Road is increasing, as many people are passing through to see what's going on.

Residents on Quincey Drive are very concerned about what's going on and say they want back in their homes.

Hania was pushed into the SUV just before 7 o’clock Monday morning outside of her family‘s home in the Rosewood mobile home park community off of Elizabethtown Road in Lumberton.

The FBI and Lumberton police have been searching for the SUV since the kidnapping.

They released images from surveillance video of the SUV near the girl’s home minutes after Hania was abducted.

ABC 15 News has a crew on the scene where the SUV was found and will have more information as soon as it’s released. A news conference is expected later Thursday afternoon.

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