North Carolina officials, the FBI and even the U.S. Marine Corps are aiding in the search for a 3-year-old girl whose mother is desperate for her safe return.
Mariah Woods, whose third birthday came just this month, was reported missing from her Jacksonville home early Monday by her mother, Christine Woods.
"Please bring her back," Woods told Mariah's potential captors in an interview with local reporters. "I love her. I'd do anything I can, whatever you want. Just bring her home please, safe and sound. She's my baby. She's my everything."
The family said there was no sign of forced entry but said the back door of the home was unlocked.
An statewide Amber Alert has been issued.
Mariah is blonde and weighs about 45 pounds. She has problems with her left leg that cause her to have a distinct walk and to stumble with every few steps.
Her family said Mariah would not have willingly left the house with a stranger.
“We have personnel from the FBI, United States Marine Corps Criminal Investigation Division, Naval Criminal Investigative Service, Camp Lejeune Provost Marshal Office and the Onslow County Sheriff’s Office here at the scene and we’re getting assistance from New Hanover, Brunswick and Wayne counties sheriff’s offices,” Onslow County Sheriff Hans Miller told the New Bern Sun-Journal.
Anyone with information about this missing child is asked to call 911 or the Onslow County Sheriff’s Office Investigations Division at 910-989-4070 or Crime Stoppers at 910-938-3273.
Crime Stoppers offers cash reward of up to $2,500 for information that is deemed of value or assistance to law enforcement. Information can also be anonymously texted via Text-A-Tip by typing TIP4CSJAX and your message to 274637 (CRIMES). Callers to Crime Stoppers may remain anonymous and never have to reveal their identity.