3-Year-Old Girl Disappears In North Carolina, Sparking FBI Search

Tomas Mccoy
December 2, 2017

"No piece of information is too small or insignificant", Onslow County Sheriff Hans Miller told reporters. She called him back and said it was, so he called authorities. They asked residents to call the sheriff's office if they find anything unusual.

Authorities have not said much about the investigation, but said they do not believe there is an ongoing threat to the general public. Miller said at the time of the toddler's disappearance, there were four people inside the home, including Woods, her boyfriend, and Woods' two other children, both boys aged 10 and 5.

Long's daughter was born with a shortened leg, so she said she could understand how her child might be mistaken for Mariah, who has difficulty walking without leg braces. I just want her safely returned.

The FBI said in a news release Wednesday that the woman and child in the photos have nothing to do with the case of the missing girl.

"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.

"I didn't think it was real", Woods told Grace. "She was sent to me for a reason". Tell her that I love her and to see the rest of my kids and be a family.

On Monday, police searched the woods surrounding the couple's home in a mobile home park.


There was apparently also no sign of forced entry, though the door to the family's trailer was left unlocked overnight.

The media outlet is reporting Melissa Hunter, Mariah's grandmother, says Mariah's mother put the girl to bed at their home and she checked on her about 9 or 10 p.m. Hunter says the mother went to check on Mariah Monday morning, but she was gone.

Law enforcement officials also searched the home and the family's auto for evidence.

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.

The FBI is now assisting local and state law enforcement in the case.

Woods is described as white, 2 feet 9 inches tall and weighs 30 lbs., with brown hair and blue eyes. "We are not releasing it to the public at this point", Miller said.

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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