Hania's father denied visa to attend funeral

    Hania Aguilar. (Credit: FBI)

    The Guatemalan father of a girl kidnapped and murdered in North Carolina has been denied a temporary visa to enter the United States for her funeral.

    Hania Aguilar, 13, was abducted outside of her Lumberton home on Nov. 5. A body preliminarily identified as that of Hania was found last week in a body of water off Wire Grass Road. The FBI is still awaiting official confirmation via dental records.

    An online petition requesting a temporary visa for Hania's father garnered more than 50,000 signatures, and North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper's Office had been in touch with the U.S. State Dept. in an effort to assist in the process.

    The father's lawyer says officials denied the visa because the father "doesn't have enough ties to the country."

    The FBI is offering a $25,000 reward in Hania's murder, and Gov. Cooper's Office is offering another $5000.

    CNN contributed to this report.

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