police assume that the cadaver they have recovered recently belongs to teen Hania Aguila.

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A body found in North Carolina during a water search is believed to be abducted 13-year-old Hania Noelia Aguilar, who had been missing from Lumberton since the beginning of the month, police said Wednesday.

The FBI announced on Tuesday that they had discovered a body in water in Robeson County at about 4:45 p.m.

The state medical examiner's preliminary tests indicated the body is Hania, McNeill said. Final confirmation will be made through dental records, a further autopsy will determine the cause of her death.

The girl's family has been notified about the latest outcome.

Hania was kidnapped on Nov. 5 outside her home at the Rosewood Mobile Home Park in Lumberton, North Carolina.

A witness saw a man dressed in black and wearing a yellow bandana force Hania into her aunt's SUV and drove away.

The car was found three days later several miles away from Hania's home.

The Lumberton Police Department and the FBI are still investigating surveillance footages from nearby homes and businesses since Hania's disappearance.

Lumberton Police Chief Michael McNeill vowed to "not stop until we find the person or persons responsible and we bring them to justice."

A reward for information that leads to the missing teen has risen to $20,000.