National search underway for missing 3-year-old

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Authorities are still searching for the missing 3-year-old girl from Onslow County, North Carolina that prompted an Amber Alert on Monday.

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 past year while child protective services investigated an incident involving their mother, but that he had not seen the children since. The girl's home is in the southeastern part of the state, just west of Jacksonville and Marine Corps Air Station New River.

Kristy Woods, Mariah's mother, is pleading for her daughter to be returned safely saying, "I'll do anything that I can, whatever you want, just bring her home please safe and sound".

The FBI released this photo of Mariah Woods, who was reporting missing on November 27, 2017.

Authorities during a press conference Wednesday afternoon encouraged members of the community to look inside their sheds and garages and to report anything "out of the ordinary".

Tuesday morning - The FBI's Child Abduction Rapid Deployment team joins the search for Woods. Base officials say almost 100 Marines from various units across Camp Lejeune and New River are helping search for the missing girl.

Wednesday, 10 a.m. - The sheriff's office says the photos released are not of Woods.

Mariah's mother checked on her about 11 p.m. Sunday, she said.

Mariah Kay Woods has been missing since Sunday night when her mother put her to bed.

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"We've had boots on the ground and eyes in the sky", Miller said.

Local and federal authorities have been tight-lipped on details of the investigation.

"Every second counts when a child is missing", Onslow County Sheriff Hans Miller said.

Mariah's grandmother Anne Edwards said the child wears braces on her legs and would probably not make it far on her own.

"If somebody has her please, you now, bring her back, you know".

Kristy Woods on Tuesday issued an emotional plea for the girl's return. They're requesting people aid in the search for Mariah by simply checking their properties.

Anyone with information about the child's whereabouts is asked to call 911 or the Onslow County Sheriff's Office Investigations Division at 910-989-4070 or Crime Stoppers at 910-938-3273.

He wouldn't address whether anyone in the family was suspected in the disappearance.

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

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