National Center for Missing and Exploited Children
Elaine Aradillas
December 01, 2017 01:52 PM

The search for missing 3-year-old Mariah Woods continues while “items of interest” have been sent to FBI headquarters in Virginia for investigation, officials confirm to PEOPLE.

“Experts at the FBI lab in Quantico [Virginia] are testing items of interest that could help lead us to Mariah,” the FBI announced in a statement. “[T]hose items will be a priority for processing so we can determine whether or not they contain any evidentiary value.”

Mariah’s mother Kristy, who shares a mobile home in Jacksonville, N.C., with her live-in boyfriend, reported her daughter missing at about 6:45 a.m. Monday, officials said. She reportedly saw her for the last time when she put her to bed the night before, she told officials.

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“My last memory of her was feeding her and putting her to bed,” Kristy Woods told local TV station WCTI-12. “I told her I loved her and she loved me.”

Kristy told reporters that the Mariah wears leg braces and couldn’t imagine she could walk far without them.

“It’s not making sense to me about where she could be at,” said Kristy, “or who she could be with.”

Mariah’s father Alex told reporters he was also suspicious of the circumstances surrounding his daughter’s disappearance.

“Someone just walked right up in there, grabbed the 3-year-old out of the bed and she didn’t cry, she didn’t scream?” Alex Woods told local TV station WCTI-12. “Nobody heard anything? Four people in the house, two adults and two kids someone just comes up and snatches the baby and walks out?”

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Since Mariah’s disappearance, the Onslow County Sheriff’s Department along with multiple agencies – including the FBI – have conducted ground and air searches. They pleaded with the community to check their property for the missing girl.

“If you have a shed, a barn, a wooded area, take a look and call us immediately if there’s something out of the ordinary,” Sheriff Hans Miller said during a press conference earlier this week. “We’re asking that citizens search the areas that they’re familiar with for any clues that helps us find Mariah.”

Anyone with information should call the Onslow County Sheriff’s Office at 910-455-3113.

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