Crews enter fourth day in search for missing Onslow County girl

Crews enter fourth day in search for missing Onslow County girl

Dozens of people gathered Wednesday night for a vigil at the Folkstone Original Free will Baptist Church in Onslow County for missing three-year-old Mariah Woods. She has brown hair and blue eyes.

On Thursday, search crews turned their attention towards a creek along USA 17 about three miles from Mariah's home on Dawson Cabin Road in Jacksonville where she was last seen.

During an emotional TV plea for her safe return, Mariah Kay Woods' mother said she found her missing on Monday morning.

9 On Your Side has a reporter headed to the scene and will bring you updates as soon as they become available.

Investigators searched the home, the family's auto and the woods around the home on Monday.

Family members said Mariah has an orthopedic leg problem, so when she walks her left leg is thrown around and causes her to wobble. "A detailed timeline is crucial in helping us find this little girl".

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"I didn't think it was real", Woods told Grace.

Woods said he asked his fiance, Heather, to look the information up to make sure what he heard was true. "She's my baby, she's my everything", said Kristy Woods in a press conference.

"Every second counts when a child is missing, especially after the cold night we just had", Miller said. A helicopter and drones were used to aide in the search. Deputies are asking anyone with information on the girl's whereabouts or who has had contact with the girl's family since Sunday to call them at (910) 989-4070.

"Please bring my baby girl back home", Woods pleaded. Federal Bureau of Investigation officials said they've received 140 tips so far and have conducted hundreds of interviews since her disappearance. Please go take a look and call us immediately if you find anything out of the ordinary.

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, I'd give anything".

The media outlet is reporting Melissa Hunter, Mariah's grandmother, says Mariah's mother put the girl to bed at their home and she checked on her about 9 or 10 p.m. Hunter says the mother went to check on Mariah Monday morning, but she was gone. Hence, the sheriff's office, which has joined the FBI Child Abduction Rapid Deployment in search for Mariah, has reached out to the public for assistance in determining whether the toddler in the pictures is Mariah and for any information that can help them identify the woman, carrying the kid. The FBI is aiding local officials on the case.

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