The search for 3-year-old Mariah Woods of Jacksonville, North
Carolina, has entered its fifth day, and despite help from the
FBI and volunteers, she still has not been found.
On Friday, more than 700 people showed up to
volunteer in a search through the woods for the little girl
― so many that some had to be turned
away, according to a Facebook post from the sheriff’s
Some volunteers had driven from as far as
120 miles away in Raleigh, reported local NBC affiliate
The sheriff’s office reported on Wednesday that more than 14 local,
state and federal agencies were cooperating in the search
for Mariah, and had so far conducted 100 interviews, followed
over 140 leads, and searched hundreds of acres of the county by
foot, by air and with dogs.
The sheriff’s office posted video Friday of the state highway
patrol assisting from the air in the search for Mariah:
“More than 225 investigators, agents, and other law enforcement
employees are working around the clock with one goal in mind,
to find Mariah and bring
her home safely,” the sheriff’s office posted on Facebook.
The search, which has been ongoing since Monday, has extended
long past the critical first
48-hour period for authorities to locate a missing child
and safely return them home. Each year, hundreds of thousands of children go
missing in the United States ― the vast majority return
“Please, bring her back … She’s my baby, she’s my
everything,” Kristy Woods, who lives with her boyfriend,
said at a news conference on Monday. “Just to be able to touch
her and hold her and not let her go again. I’d give anything.”
The child’s biological father, Alex Woods, has expressed
skepticism about her disappearance.
“Someone just walked right up in there, grabbed the 3-year-old
out of the bed and she didn’t cry, she didn’t scream?” he told local ABC News
affiliate WCTI News on Tuesday. “Nobody heard anything?
Four people in the house, two adults and two kids someone just
comes up and snatches the baby and walks out?”
Anyone with information about this incident is asked to
contact Onslow County Sheriff’s Office at 910-455-3113, or
Crime Stoppers at 910-938-3273.
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