AMBER alert issued for missing North Carolina 3-year-old girl

Law enforcement seeks to ID woman child in abduction investigation

The search continues on day three for missing North Carolina 3-year-old Mariah Woods.

Officials with the Onslow County Sheriff's Office said in an earlier statement that Mariah's mother, identified in local news reports as Kristy Woods, reported her daughter missing about 6 a.m. Monday.

The Onslow County Sheriff's Office said they trust Mariah was stole, and depicted her as having light hair and blue eyes and weighing around 30 pounds.

9 On Your Side has a reporter headed to the scene and will bring you updates as soon as they become available. Woods said her daughter wears leg braces to help her walk, meaning she would have been unlikely to wander off alone.

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Drones and helicopters have been supplementing ground searches.

Family members say Mariah shouldn't have been able to get far because of an orthopedic leg problem, which causes her to wobble while walking.

The girl's mother, Kristy Woods, said she last saw her at about 11 p.m. Sunday.

Family members said there was no sign of forced entry or anything wrong with Mariah's room but did mention the back door was unlocked. Woods said. "Nobody heard anything? She's my baby. She's my everything".

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Anne Edwards, a family friend, said Mariah is a sweet child, but shy with strangers, according to WRAL.

Alex Woods is the biological father of Mariah Woods and her two brothers.

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

In addition to the prayers Wednesday night, the Onslow County Sheriffs Office, as well as the Federal Bureau of Investigation, made a statement asking for assistance from citizens.

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