A 3-year-old girl has gone missing from her home in Jackson County, and a statewide search for her is underway with the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
Alex Woods and his partner were granted temporary custody of Mariah and her two brothers for about a month in 2016 while Child Protective Services investigated an incident involving the kids' mother, WCTI said. "She's my baby, she's my everything".
Mariah Wood's mother reported her missing Monday morning. The girl's mother, Kristy Woods told police that she last saw her toddler daughter at 11 p.m. the night before when she tucked her into bed. However, the family did say the home's back door was unlocked.
Once they realized Mariah was missing, Woods and her live-in boyfriend called authorities.
The girl wears orthopedic braces on her feet to help her walk, WRAL news channel reported.
"We will use every possible means to bring her home", he said.
The family also said Mariah would not have left with a stranger.
Onslow County Sheriff Hans Miller said that multiple agencies are continuing to conduct extensive searches and interviews to solve this case.
Sheriff Miller has said officials are "working everything that can be worked to find this little girl".
"That includes the FBI's Child Abduction Rapid Deployment team or CARD team".
"I don't believe she would go out by herself, especially in the dark".
"Family members described the young child as a white female who was 2′ 9" tall and weighed around 30 pounds. She is very sweet loving girl. long brown hair, blue eyes.