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Search continues for missing NC 3-year-old Mariah Woods

02 December 2017

The father of a missing North Carolina toddler is questioning his ex-wife's account of the girl's disappearance as authorities confirm a child seen with a woman in surveillance images they released is not Mariah Woods.

Woods, who said he only found out his daughter was missing when the Amber Alert went out, told WCTI that he had been given custody of the young girl and her brothers previous year while child protective services investigated an incident involving their mother, but that he had not seen the children since.

Mariah stands at approximately 2 feet, 9 inches tall, and weighs 30 pounds. She has blond hair and blue eyes. Mariah was last seen by her mother's boyfriend late Sunday night and was reported missing Monday morning.

Mariah's father, Alex Woods, said that while his daughter is living with her mother right now, the last few days have been extremely hard. Right now, we are asking you search the areas around your own homes for any clues to find Mariah.

WRAL in North Carolina said law enforcement leaders confirmed the photos did not show Mariah.

"Every second counts when a child is missing", Onslow County Sheriff Hans Miller said. So authorities are continuing to ask for the public's assistance in finding the little girl. The child is not Mariah Woods and the woman does not have any connection to the ongoing investigation to find Mariah, they said. Woods said. "Nobody heard anything?"

"Please, bring her back ... Please just bring her back safe and sound - she's my baby, she's my everything".

The search is being conducted both by ground and by air with drones and helicopters.

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Emergency responders and investigators saw no obvious injuries when they responded to the victim's home on Sunday, the coroner said.

"Just to be able to touch her and hold her and not let her go again", the mother told reporters through tears, "I'd give anything".

Long told the station she was frustrated that this "may have gotten the hopes of the family up".

Kristy Woods on Tuesday issued an emotional plea for the girl's return.

Thursday, 2:15 a.m. - The FBI Charlotte office sends out a tweet asking anyone who came into contact with Woods' family on November 26 or November 27 to call the Onslow County Sheriff's Office.

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.

Search continues for missing NC 3-year-old Mariah Woods