Search continues for missing NC 3-year-old Mariah Woods

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

Sheriff Hans Miller said his officers are 'working everything that can be worked to find this little girl'. "We are not releasing it to the public at this point", Miller said. It's entirely premature to try to determine what happened, ' Sheriff Miller said. By the morning, Mariah's mother said she was gone.

'Please, bring her back. She called him back and said it was, so he called authorities. "Just to be able to touch her and hold her and not let her go again".

Authorities in North Carolina have called in a dive team as the hunt for a missing 3-year-old girl nears the end of its third day.

Mariah is described as a white female, standing around 2 feet 9 inches tall, with blonde hair and blue eyes.

Speaking to the community, officials said the best way to help was to search familiar areas for any clues that could help law enforcement in their search. Authorities said they have been using all means necessary to find Mariah including ground searches assist by a helicopter and K9 units - so far, officials have covered 100 acres.

In a news conference Wednesday afternoon, officials with the Federal Bureau of Investigation and Onslow County Sheriff's Office said that more than 100 interviews have been conducted since Mariah went missing, and that law enforcement officials were working 140 different leads in the case.

Long told the station she is frustrated that the photos "may have gotten the hopes of the family up". "She's a sweet child, but she's shy with strangers".




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

Miller said his office is attempting to have an Amber Alert issued for the girl.

Woods, who said he has been involved in custody issues with Kristy Woods, his ex-wife, and has not seen the child in about a year, said he doesn't believe her explanation of what happened.

'This is my world, this is my angel, ' said Woods.

The girl's two older brothers were in the house when Mariah disappeared.

The FBI said the woman in the picture does not have any connection to their ongoing investigation to find Mariah, who disappearance in Onslow County Monday prompted a Amber Alert that has gained national attention.

Police have checked with the girl's biological father, and confirmed he does not have her. The FBI is aiding local officials on the case. Investigators are asking anyone who saw the family on Sunday, November 26, 2017 through Monday, November, 27, 2017 to call the Sheriff's Office at 910-455-3113.

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