(Meredith/CNN) -- The Guatemalan father of a girl who was kidnapped and murdered in North Carolina has been denied a temporary visa to enter the U.S. for her funeral.
Hania Aguilar, 13, was abducted outside of her home Nov. 5. Witnesses described seeing the teen being forced into a stolen vehicle and taken away.
Authorities said a body found last week was preliminarily identified as Aguilar, although a final confirmation will be made using dental records.
An online petition requesting a temporary visa for Aguilar's father has gathered more than 50,000 signatures.
The father's lawyer told CNN that officials denied the visa because the father, quote, "doesn't have enough ties to the country."
The FBI is offering a $25,000 reward in Hania Aguilar's case. The state of North Carolina is also offering a $5,000 reward.