Search for missing NC girl intensifies near her home

If you have any information on the whereabouts of Mariah Woods, you are urged to call the FBI's Charlotte Field Office or the Onslow County Sheriff's Office.You can also contact your local Federal Bureau of Investigation office.

Investigators have determined that the woman and child in this surveillance photo taken at a North Carolina Walmart are not connected to an Amber Alert issued for 3-year-old Mariah Woods.

Mariah's parents are divorced, and her father, Alex Woods, said that while his daughter is living with her mother right now, the last few days have been extremely hard. She said her boyfriend saw the child about midnight when she got up and he told her to go back to bed. The following morning, at around 6:30 a.m., Hunter said she checked on Mariah again, but she was nowhere in the home and hasn't been seen since.

The home is just west of Jacksonville and Marine Corps Air Station New River.

Onslow County Sheriff Hans Miller said additional resources had been brought in to help with the search including boats, horses, and helicopters.

The next morning, the mother reported the little girl missing, an amber alert was issued and search teams were brought in to help.

When asked what he would say to those who are questioning why nothing appears to be changing in the search, Sheriff Hans Miller said that it's important to not release investigative details during an active investigation. "We want to bring her home safely", he said.

Law enforcement searching for Woods on Tuesday evening
Sheriff urges citizens to search their property for missing child

"I just didn't believe it", Woods told WGHP.

Anyone that came into contact with members of Mariah Woods' immediate family on Sunday, Nov. 26 through Monday, Nov. 27, 2017, is also asked to call the FBI's Charlotte Field Office at 704-672-6100, or the Onslow County Sheriff's Office at 910-455-3113. "As a small community that we are, we got to all stick together in this".

The FBI said that law enforcement officers and dive teams searched a wooded area surrounding Mariah Woods's home.

"I mean, it's just not making sense to me about where she could be at - who she could be with", she said. To date, authorities they have followed up on more than 140 leads. "We've been very active, but as the investigation goes on, we continue to search in expanding circles", Miller said.

Kristy Woods, Mariah's mother, is pleading for her daughter to be returned safely.

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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