Sheriff Hans Miller said his officers are 'working everything that can be worked to find this little girl'. Officials said more than 225 state and federal personnel are working on the case, adding that they have conducted almost 100 interviews and followed up on more than 140 leads. The child's mother, Kristy Hunter, divorced from Woods and living with boyfriend, Earl Kimrey, told authorities Mariah was in bed at around 11 p.m. the night prior.
'Please, bring her back. An hour later, she said her live-in boyfriend checked on the girl again when she woke up.
According to the alert, Woods is a white female about 2 feet 9 inches tall, weighing 30 pounds.
On Monday, police searched the woods surrounding the couple's home in a mobile home park.
"Mariah is a member of our community, and we will use every possible means to bring her home", said Sheriff Miller, emphasizing that time is important in this type of case.
In a news conference Wednesday afternoon, officials with the Federal Bureau of Investigation and Onslow County Sheriff's Office said that more than 100 interviews have been conducted since Mariah went missing, and that law enforcement officials were working 140 different leads in the case. Tell her that I love her and to see the rest of my kids and be a family.
Wednesday, 10 a.m. - The sheriff's office says the photos released are not of Woods.
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The family also said Mariah would not have left with a stranger. Mariah Woods' family has said that the 3-year-old struggles to get around on her own and wears leg braces for assistance.
The girl's biological father, Alex Woods, who does not live with the child or her mother, told WCTI-TV in New Bern Tuesday he did not believe his daughter was abducted.
The sheriff's office said crews spent all day searching the area of Dawson Cabin Road in Jacksonville for Mariah Woods on Monday.
The girl's two older brothers were in the house when Maria disappeared. They asked residents to call the sheriff's office if they find anything unusual.
Kristy Woods on Tuesday issued an emotional plea for the girl's return.
If you have any information regarding this abduction, call the Onslow County Sheriff's Office immediately at 910-455-3113, Crime Stoppers at 910-938-2373 or call 911 or *HP.
Officials emphasized multiple times that investigative details and particulars about the case are not being disclosed at this time and they plan on having another press conference later in the day.