No arrest or confession in 13-year-old Hania Aguilar's kidnapping
One man's mugshot and a headline that reads "SOURCE: Man accused of kidnapping 13-year-old Hania Aguilar confesses, been in jail since Nov. 13" set off a social media firestorm Tuesday morning.
THENCBEAT.com first reported the now-viral story. The article cites unnamed sources saying 34-year-old Michael Ray McLellan is the man responsible for the kidnapping of 13-year-old Hania Aguilar in early November.
Authorities flatly denied that report.
"No arrests have been made and certainly no confession," said Shelley Lynch Public Affairs Specialist for the FBI Charlotte Division.
Lynch reiterated in an email that if this story were true, media outlets "would hear it" from Lynch.
THENCBEAT.com is managed by Gerald Jackson, of Onslow County. Jackson was arrested in October and charged with cyber bullying. Jackson has two previous cyber stalking convictions.
Jackson was also arrested back in April 2014. The Onslow County Sheriff's Office said Jackson made 20 bomb threats to Onslow County schools and businesses when he was a teenager.
FBI agents and Lumberton Police Department detectives found a body in Robeson County on Tuesday afternoon while "following leads related to the search for 13-year-old Hania Aguilar." Lynch said the scene was secured Tuesday night and the FBI has eyes back out on the scene Wednesday morning.
A press conference is scheduled for 3:30 p.m. on Wednesday at the Lumberton Police Department.