Search for missing 3-year-old Mariah Woods now in 5th day

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Mariah's mother told the Onslow County Sheriff's Office that she last saw her daughter at their home, at 2404 Dawson Cabin Road in Jacksonville, on Sunday night when she put her to bed.

The FBI is now working with state and local authorities in order to locate the missing girl, according to ABC affiliate WCTI. "We want to find Mariah and bring her back", Miller said. "She's my baby, she's my everything", the child's mother, Kristy Woods, said.

"If anybody knows where she's at or has any information, please call the sheriff's department or notify anybody", Woods said. "Please just bring her back safe and sound - she's my baby, she's my everything". "Just to be able to touch her and hold her and not let her go again, I'd give anything".

Officials with the Onslow County Sheriff's Office said in a statement that Woods reported her daughter missing about 6 a.m. Monday and asked anyone with information to contact authorities.

Mariah is a white female, approximately 2 feet 9 inches tall, weighing 30 pounds.

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.

Scores of officers and K-9 units combed the area, and helicopters and a drone buzzed overhead as the search stretched into a third day.

Kristy Woods says she last saw her daughter Sunday night at 11pm when she tucked her into bed at the home she lives in with her boyfriend and children
Sheriff: Search underway for missing 3-year-old girl in Jacksonville

She says she calls Mariah "an angel" because she unexpectedly got pregnant with her after she got her tubes tied. Jetta Long said she doesn't know Mariah's family, but said she is frustrated that the surveillance photos "may have gotten the hopes of the family up". "She is very sweet loving girl".

A statewide Amber Alert was issued for the girl on Monday, but so far there have been no clues as to why she disappeared.

"It said, "3-year-old Mariah Kay Woods" and I was like, 'What?"

It has been about a year since he had seen his daughter, but he remembers Mariah as being a happy little girl who was always cheerful, playing and smiling. "I'd give anything", Ms Woods said through tears.

Police have checked with the girl's biological father, and confirmed he does not have her.

Dozens of people gathered Wednesday night for a vigil at the Folkstone Original Free will Baptist Church in Onslow County for missing three-year-old Mariah Woods. You may also contact your local Federal Bureau of Investigation office, or the nearest American Embassy or Consulate.

Thursday, 2:15 a.m. - The FBI Charlotte office sends out a tweet asking anyone who came into contact with Woods' family on November 26 or November 27 to call the Onslow County Sheriff's Office.

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