A mother in Jacksonville, North Carolina is experiencing every parent’s worst nightmare as an Amber Alert for three-year-old Mariah Kay Woods entered its second day on November 28.
According to authorities, three-year-old Mariah Kay Woods was last seen by her mother, Kristy, at 11:00 p.m. on November 26 when she put the girl down to bed for the evening. Woods was then seen again when she got up at 12:00 a.m. and was told to go back to bed by Kristy’s boyfriend.
Woods has not been seen since.
On Monday, four volunteer firefighter units, the Onslow County Sherriff’s Office, and K-9 units combed the land around 2405 Lot 7 Dawson Cabin Road. Helicopters and drones searched for the missing child from the air.
The Amber Alert has been issued for the entire state of North Carolina. In addition, the FBI has been called in to help with the search.
“We don’t know what happened,” said Onslow County Sheriff Hans Miller. “It’s entirely premature to try to determine what happened.”
Mariah Kay Woods is white, about two-feet-nine inches tall, and weighs about 30 pounds. She has brown hair and blue eyes. She needs to wear orthopedic leg braces to improve her mobility.
She is described as a sweet and friendly girl, but she is also shy and her grandmother believes she would not have gone off with a stranger willingly.
— NCMEC (@MissingKids) November 28, 2017
If you have any information that can help in the search, contact the Onslow County Sheriff’s Office at (910) 455-3113 or call 911. Crime Stoppers in Onslow County has offered a cash reward of up to $2,500 for information that leads to the recovery of Mariah Kay Woods.