Prayer vigil held in Onslow County for Mariah Woods

AMBER Alert issued for missing 3-year-oldĀ girl

The search for a missing North Carolina 3-year-old intensified Wednesday with at least one possible sighting, which the Federal Bureau of Investigation now says turned out to be a false lead.

Woods, who said he only found out his daughter was missing when the Amber Alert went out, told WCTI that he had been given custody of the young girl and her brothers a year ago while child protective services investigated an incident involving their mother, but that he had not seen the children since. She has blondish-brown hair and blue eyes.

She was last seen at 2404 Dawson Cabin Road in Jacksonville, NC.

In an interview with WCTI, Mariah's biological father, Alex Woods, said he found out his daughter was missing when the Amber Alert was issued Monday morning.

9 On Your Side has a reporter headed to the scene and will bring you updates as soon as they become available. According to her grandmother, Mariah walked with orthopedic braces on both feet.

Onslow County Sheriff Hans J. Miller told Fox News there appeared to be no sign of a break-in or unlawful entry at Woods' home. It is crucial that we have a detailed timeline to help us find Mariah.

"This is my world, this is my angel", Woods said. Alex Woods said. "Nobody heard anything?"




A number of agencies, including the FBI, are assisting Miller's office in the investigation. She's my baby, she's my everything, ' the mother of three said.

Pastor Cliff Wilson says, "We wanted to give a positive influence to the family tonight". Authorities said they have been using all means necessary to find Mariah including ground searches assist by a helicopter. She called him back and said it was, so he called authorities.

Mariah's two older brothers were at home at the time of her disappearance, according to friends.

"If you have a shed, a barn, a wooded area, go take a look", he said. "I hope and pray that I can get my daughter and hold her again".

Crime Stoppers is offering cash rewards of up to $2,500 for information that is deemed of value or assistance to law enforcement. She was last seen wearing white and pink underwear. She said at midnight, her live-in boyfriend, Earl Kimrey, checked on the toddler and allegedly told Hunter to "go back to bed".

Kristy Woods pleaded for her daughter's safe return Monday. The FBI is aiding local officials on the case.

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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