Family Needs help Finding North Carolina Toddler Mariah Woods

Mariah Woods, a 3-year-old girl from Jacksonville, North Carolina was reported missing on Sunday the 26th of November and the authorities are asking for your help in locating her. Mariah was last seen by her mother's live-in boyfriend, Earl Kimrey on Sunday evening after having to tell her to get back into bed.  Her mother, Kristy Woods, had initially put her to bed at 11 p.m.

The following morning at around 9:30 a.m. Mariah's mother discovered that her daughter was missing and promptly called the police. The Onslow County Sheriff's Office and the FBI, which includes a specialized missing child program called the Child Abduction Rapid Deployment team (CARD).  Multiple agencies are working together and a massive search is underway.  Military police from the United States Marine Corps were also called in to assist in locating little Mariah.  Marines were seen walking single file around the area searching for the girl and at least one official was seen in a hazmat suit checking under the house.  The woods near the family house as well as nearby water bodies were also being intensively searched.


Kristy had issued a plea on TV saying how much she missed her daughter and that she would give anything to have her back. Undisclosed family members have told news outlets that it would be highly unlikely that Mariah would wander out of her house.  One key piece of evidence supporting this is the fact that Mariah has an issue with her leg that makes it difficult to walk properly.  Others, including her mom, have said she is not the type of girl would go anywhere with a stranger.

While these revelations only lead to more speculation on who could have taken her, Mariah's biological father, Alex Woods says there are some very clear issues that need to be addressed.  He pointed out how far-fetched it is for him to believe that a little girl could be snatched from a house in the middle of the night, without a peep and with two adults and two children present in the home.

It has not been announced whether or not family members have been given polygraph tests or if there are other persons of interest at this time.


Sources say there were no signs of forced entry but that the back door was unlocked.

Onslow County Sheriff Hans Miller has been pretty tight-lipped about the status of the investigation but he took the time to reach out to the public and ask that anyone with information that may be of use to the investigation contact the Onslow County Sheriff's Office Investigations Division at 910-989-4070 or Crime Stoppers at 910-938-3273.

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