Prayer vigil held in Onslow County for Mariah Woods

Prayer vigil held in Onslow County for Mariah Woods

Mariah was last seen Sunday night after her mother tucked her into bed.

The FBI is now working with state and local authorities in order to locate the missing girl, according to ABC affiliate WCTI.

"Every second counts when a child is missing, especially after the cold night we just had", Miller said. 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. "She's my baby, she's my everything", the child's mother, Kristy Woods, said. "Just bring her home please safe and sound". She called him back and said it was, so he called authorities.

Three-year-old Mariah Kay Woods vanished from her Jacksonville, NC home in the early morning hours of Monday, Nov. 27 and authorities have been actively searching for the little girl. She is about 2-feet-9 and weighs around 30 pounds.

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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.

The search is being conducted both by ground and by air with drones and helicopters.

Long told the station she was frustrated that this "may have gotten the hopes of the family up".

Sheriff Miller of the Onslow County Sheriff's Department said at this point, they aren't sure who has the little girl or exactly what happened.

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"'I'll do anything that I can, whatever you want", said Woods.

Her biological father Alex Woods told WCTI 12 Tuesday that he found out his daughter was missing when the Amber Alert was issued and he hasn't seen her for about a year. "I heard her name over the radio and I was like, 'Do what?"

The family also said Mariah would not have left with a stranger. Deputies are asking anyone with information on the girl's whereabouts or who has had contact with the girl's family since Sunday to call them at (910) 989-4070.

Woods also revealed that her daughter has to wear orthopedic leg braces and worries that she won't be able to walk without them.

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The girl's two older brothers were in the house when Mariah disappeared. Hence, the sheriff's office, which has joined the FBI Child Abduction Rapid Deployment in search for Mariah, has reached out to the public for assistance in determining whether the toddler in the pictures is Mariah and for any information that can help them identify the woman, carrying the kid. You may also contact your local Federal Bureau of Investigation office, or the nearest American Embassy or Consulate.

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