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FBI Investigates Possible Lead in Case of Missing 3-Year-Old North Carolina Girl

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It's been two days since Mariah Kay Woods went missing and a possible lead from surveillance footage of a North Carolina WalMart has been released by the FBI. The pictures released by police feature a brown-haired woman carrying and walking with a small, blonde child. The police are looking to identify the woman in order to question her about Mariah's disappearance.

"As a result from information provided by the community, law enforcement obtained an image of an adult and child that was taken on Monday morning, November 27th at approximately 9:30 a.m. in the WalMart in Morehead City," the FBI said in a statement.

(Photo Credit: FBI)

Three-year-old Mariah vanished from her Jacksonville, NC home in the early morning hours of Monday, Nov. 27 and authorities have been actively searching for the little girl. The girl’s mother, Kristy Woods told police that she last saw her toddler daughter at 11 p.m. the night before when she tucked her into bed. About an hour after that, Woods’ boyfriend reportedly saw Mariah when she came out of her room. Woods’ boyfriend was the last person to see Mariah and she was reported missing at 6 a.m. Monday morning.

An Amber Alert has been issued for Mariah and Woods addressed reporters on Monday seeming to believe that her daughter had been abducted. “Please, bring her back ... She's my baby, she's my everything,” she said with tears in her eyes. “Just to be able to touch her and hold her and not let her go again. I'd give anything.”

Woods also revealed that her daughter has to wear orthopedic leg braces and worries that she won’t be able to walk without them. Woods has two other children, young boys, but calls Mariah her “angel” because the pregnancy came after she got her tubes tied, obviously making it an unexpected pregnancy. “This is my world, this is my angel,” she continued. “She was sent to me for a reason. This is my everything besides my boys, the love that I have for this girl. The bond that I have...is my life. Please, just don't take that.”

Mariah’s Amber Alert.

According to reports, police searched area surrounding the couple’s house but didn’t find the little girl. There was apparently also no sign of forced entry, though the door to the family’s trailer was left unlocked overnight. Though the police found items that could be potentially of interest in the case, there is no clear sign if they have anything to do with the disappearance. “We don’t know what happened. It’s entirely premature to try to determine what happened,” Sheriff Miller said.

Mariah is around 30 pounds and is 2-foot-9 and was last seen wearing pink and white underpants. If you have any information about Mariah’s disappearance you can call the County Sheriff’s Office at (910) 455-3113 or call 911. Our thoughts and prayers are with Mariah and her whole family during this difficult time.

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