Yesterday, an Amber Alert was issued on Monday for a three-year-old little girl, Mariah Woods. The toddler went missing from her home in Jacksonville, North Carolina.
Federal agents, K-9 units, and helicopters have joined the local authorities are searching for Mariah. She was last seen Sunday evening after being put to bed by her mother.
According to WITN, Onslow County Sheriff Hans Miller says an Amber Alert was issued for Mariah Woods. That alert says the toddler is a victim of a child abduction. They say the abductor is unknown.
Mariah is white, approximately 2'9" tall, and she weighs 30 pounds. She has blond hair and blue eyes.
A family friend, Melissa Hunter, told the network that the child's mother put Mariah to bed at their Dawson Cabin Road home. Later, around 9 or 10 p.m., she checked on the little girl. On Monday morning, the mother went in to check on her toddler and found her gone.
The girl's grandmother, Melissa Hunter, said Mariah normally walks with orthopedic braces on both feet. She’s unable to step straight without them.
Authorities have already searched wooded areas in Jacksonville where the family lives, including the grounds of Camp Lejeune, the nearby Marine Corps Base.
"If anybody knows where she is at or any information, just please call the sheriff's department or notify anybody," the girl's mother, Kristy Woods, told reporters Monday through tears. "She is very sweet loving girl."
A family friend, Anne Edwards, told NBC affiliate WRAL that it would be odd for Mariah to leave the house so easily.
"She's a sweet child, but she is shy with strangers, so she wouldn't just go with a stranger," Edwards said.
Crime Stoppers in Onslow County is offering a $2,500 reward for information that leads to finding the toddler.
Please pray for this little girl and her family. May God bring her home safe and sound.