Police arrest suspect on felony kidnapping, rape, murder charges in death of North Carolina teen

Police announced early Saturday that they have arrested a suspect in connection with the rape and murder of a North Carolina teenage girl.

The Lumberton Police and FBI charged Michael McLellan, 34, with 10 felonies including first-degree murder and first-degree forcible rape in connection to the death of 13-year-old Hania Aguilar, multiple media outlets reported Saturday.

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Aguilar was kidnapped outside of her home in Lumberton in early November. Authorities have said she was forced into a stolen SUV on Nov. 5 while she was waiting outside her home to go to school. 

The vehicle was recovered three days later on a road about 10 minutes from where a body preliminarily identified as hers was found weeks later. 

McLellan is being held without bail and is scheduled to have his first court appearance on Monday.

The case garnered headlines after an online petition gathered 50,000 signatures in November requesting officials allow Aguilar’s father be allowed to come to America from Guatemala to attend the funeral.

However, an attorney representing her father told local media that his request for a temporary visa was denied because "he doesn't have enough ties to the country."