Authorities issue AMBER Alert for missing 3-year-old girl

Sheriff: Search underway for missing 3-year-old girl in Jacksonville

Her mother said she could not find the girl on Monday morning, leading police to issue an Amber Alert bulletin.

Sheriff Miller of the Onslow County Sheriff's Department said at this point, they aren't sure who has the little girl or exactly what happened.

K-9 units and helicopters provided by the Marine Corps, along with the North Carolina State Highway Patrol had been scouring the wooded area of Camp Lejeune near her home where Mariah was last seen, in an extensive search.

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

The FBI said in a news release Wednesday that the woman and child in the photos have nothing to do with the case of the missing girl.

The FBI, which has joined the expanding search for the missing tot, issued surveillance photos from the Walmart, located about 45 miles east of Jacksonville. Base officials say almost 100 Marines from various units across Camp Lejeune and New River are helping search for the missing girl. Woods said he is also the father of the child's two brothers, who were in the home when the girl disappeared. "She's my baby, she's my everything", Woods said in a press conference.

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

"Please, bring her back", Kristy Woods said earlier Tuesday, as reported by CBS affiliate WNCT.

"No information is too small or insignificant when looking for a missing child", Miller said.

"More than 225 investigators, agents and other law enforcement employees are working around the clock with one goal in mind", Onslow County Sheriff Hans Miller said. WATCH: Officials give update on Mariah's caseABC News reports that her mother reached out to the public in an emotion-filled plea Monday. Miller said crews have searched hundreds of acres in Onslow County by foot, by air, and with canines.

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

Kristy Woods pleaded for her daughter's safe return Monday. Those involved have helped conduct 100-plus interviews and followed more than 140 leads in the case. Woods said he cooperated and gave as much information as he could.

Tuesday, 3:30 p.m. - A news conference is held between the Onslow County Sheriff's Office and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

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

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