Mariah Kay Woods: FBI joins search for three-year-old girl

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

Amber Alert issued for missing 3-year-old girl from Onslow County

An Amber Alert has been issued for a missing 3-year-old girl in Jacksonville.

The Onslow County Sheriff's Office and the Federal Bureau of Investigation asked residents in Verona and the southwest area of Jacksonville to search their properties - especially outdoor structures such as sheds or barns - for anything "out of the ordinary".

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.

The pictures themselves were found as a result of information provided by the community. Woods said he cooperated and gave as much information as he could.

"We've had boots on the ground and eyes in the sky", Miller said. "A detailed timeline is crucial in helping us find this little girl". Agents and investigators with more than 14 local, state, and federal agencies have also conducted almost 100 interviews, and have followed more than 140 leads.

The FBI has created a new missing person poster that will be featured on its social media sites. The mother woke Monday to discover the girl missing.

They say there was no sign of a forced entry, but the back door of the home was left unlocked overnight. "They are doing all they can do and they feel helpless".

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

"It is extraordinarily rare for a stranger abduction, someone to come into a residence simply for the sole motivation of taking an infant child", said retired FBI agent Greg Baker, who is not involved in the investigation into Mariah's disappearance.

Mariah's mother, Kristy Woods, made a tearful plea at the press conference.

"(I'm) trying not to give up hope", Alex Woods said. Woods lives with her mother and her mother's live-in boyfriend in Jacksonville, North Carolina. "She's my baby. She's my everything". The search for Mariah has entered its fifth day.

Caley's group used an all-terrain rescue unit - basically a souped-up ATV - to search.

"She wouldn't have her support, her braces and things of that nature", said Cloyd. Please go take a look and call us immediately if you find anything out of the ordinary.

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

An Oconee County man is behind bars after deputies say he choked, punched, and headbutted a woman in his home.

Several agencies are working together in an effort to bring Mariah home.

He wouldn't address whether anyone in the family was suspected in the disappearance.

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