FBI joins search for 3-year-old girl missing in NC

Mariah Woods (Courtesy: WNCT)

JACKSONVILLE, N.C. (WNCT) – The search continues for a missing 3-year-old girl in Jacksonville after an Amber Alert was issued Monday morning.  Tuesday, the FBI joined the search for the child.  The Onslow County Sheriff’s Office and the State Bureau of Investigations are also searching both on the ground and by the air.

Onslow County Sheriff Hans Miller said crews spent all day searching the area of Dawson Cabin Road in Jacksonville for Mariah Woods on Monday.  Investigators haven’t ruled out that she had been abducted.

Kristy Woods, Mariah’s mother, is pleading for her daughter to be returned safely saying, “I’ll do anything that I can, whatever you want, just bring her home please safe and sound. She’s my baby, she’s my everything.”

Mariah’s mom says she woke up Monday morning and noticed her daughter was missing from her bedroom.

She says the last time she saw her daughter was around 11 p.m. Sunday when she went to check on her.

Family members said there was no sign of forced entry or anything wrong with Mariah’s room but did mention the back door was unlocked.

Once they realized Mariah was missing, Woods and her live-in boyfriend called authorities.

Multiple agencies spent the day searching for the girl, using helicopters, drones and K9s.

Family members said the girl has an orthopedic leg problem, so when she walks her left leg is thrown around and causes her to wobble.

Mariah’s grandmother said due to her grandaughter’s walking issues, she can’t imagine her wandering off.

The family also said Mariah would not have left with a stranger.

The Sheriff’s Office checked with Mariah’s biological father but said he does not have the girl.

The girl’s two older brothers were in the house when Maria disappeared.

They made it to school safely.

Mariah’s mother describes her as their “little angel,” with a goofy, outgoing and talkative personality.”

Mariah Woods is a white female about 2 feet, 9 inches tall, weighing 30 pounds. She has blond hair and blue eyes.

Anyone with information is asked to call 911 or *HP.