Sheriff: Search underway for missing 3-year-old girl in Jacksonville

AMBER Alert issued for missing 3-year-old girl

AMBER Alert issued for missing 3-year-old girl

WCTI spoke with a 23-year-old Newport, North Carolina woman Wednesday who said she was the woman pictured in the surveillance photos. She is a white female about 2-feet-9-inches tall, weighing 30 pounds.

Authorities say the abductor is unknown at this time and traveling in an unknown direction. Mariah was last seen by her mother's boyfriend late Sunday night and was reported missing Monday morning.

Sheriff Miller said that this was a "focused" incident and there is no danger to the public. Authorities have blocked off a southbound lane on USA 17 while crews conduct their search.

The dive team was searching a pond of High Hill Road in Jacksonville after one of authorities' primary leads turned out to be a dud, WNCT reported. The Onslow County Sheriff's Department is also asking neighbors in the area to check their yards, sheds and other areas for any sign of the missing girl.

Investigators searched the home, the family's auto and the woods around the home on Monday. Those items were transported directly to their labs by an Osprey aircraft. Please have your IDs ready. "She is very sweet loving girl". Officials said more than 225 state and federal personnel are working on the case, adding that they have conducted almost 100 interviews and followed up on more than 140 leads.

Mariah vanished from her home near Jacksonville, N.C. on Sunday. Onslow County Sheriff Hans Miller hasn't said how he believes the child went missing, but said investigators aren't ruling out any possibilities, including that she was abducted or wandered off.

Mariah Kay Woods has been missing since Sunday night when her mother put her to bed.

According to reports, police searched area surrounding the couple's house but didn't find the little girl.

Details remained scarce as Miller updated the media Wednesday afternoon, as the search stretched into its third day. "Just bring her home please safe and sound". The CARD team is a group of highly trained and experienced subject-matter experts on missing child cases.

The girl's biological father, Alex Woods, who does not live with the child or her mother, has questioned the kidnapping story.

Woods said he asked his fiance, Heather, to look the information up to make sure what he heard was true. "She's my baby, she's my everything", Woods said in a press conference.

Woods said it is hard to describe how he is feeling.

He added, "You don't really know where to go look, and you just know you got to go out there and look". "Daddy loves you, baby". The post states that the images were obtained by the law enforcement on Monday at 9:30 a.m. EST in the Wal-Mart store in Morehead City, North Carolina. The FBI later said the woman in the picture did not have any connection to their ongoing investigation to find Mariah. "I don't know if she takes medication of any kind, but I am sure by this point, she needs something".

We are still asking anyone who came into contact with members of Mariah's immediate family on November 26th-27th to contact the Onslow County Sheriff's Office at 910-455-3113. A detailed timeline is crucial to helping us find this little girl. This is a group of highly trained and experienced subject-matter experts on missing child cases.

On Tuesday, the Federal Bureau of Investigation issued an official missing person poster for the girl, Mariah Woods. 'Just to be able to touch her and hold her and not let her go again. I mean she's three years old. "Possible, but no", Alex Woods said. A person wearing a protective suit was also seen searching under the home. The New Hanover County Sheriff's Office and the State Highway Patrol have sent their helicopters to assist in the search.

"Our intention is to search everything that we can search". "In that effort to bring her back we would not rule out any possible situations that may have occurred".

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