Where is Mariah Woods? Federal and local authorities are working diligently to locate the 3-year-old girl, who vanished from her home in Jacksonville, North Carolina in the middle of the night. CBS News reports that around 11 p.m. on Sunday, Kristy Woods checked on her daughter in her bedroom and she remained sound asleep, but the following morning, she was gone.
Kristy and her live-in boyfriend immediately alerted police and reported the child missing.
Relatives say there was no indication of a forced entry, but they did notice that the back door was unlocked. They went on to say that they don’t believe Mariah wandered off alone as she has an orthopedic leg problem that causes her left leg to wobble when she walks.
The family added that Mariah would not have gone off with a stranger, which prompted authorities to visit the child’s biological father, who said he didn’t have her.
Onslow County Sheriff Hans Miller stated that law enforcement, military, and members of the community spent the entire day searching for the missing Jacksonville girl to no avail.
In a news conference Tuesday afternoon, the FBI stated that finding Mariah Woods is their number one priority.
“Our focus right now is to find her, to bring her back and then to find out what happened,” Miller said. He added that authorities “will not rule out any situation that may have occurred.”
In exchange for information leading to Mariah’s location, Crime Stoppers in Onslow County is offering a $2,500 reward.
Mariah is described as a Caucasian female with blonde hair and blue eyes, standing two-feet-nine inches and weighing 30 pounds.
If anyone has any information regarding Mariah Woods’ whereabouts, you are urged to call 911 or contact the Onslow County Sheriff’s Office Division at 910-989-4070 or Crime Stoppers at 910-938-3273. Information can also be anonymously texted via Text-A-Tip by typing TIP4CSJAX and your message to 274637 (CRIMES).
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