N.C. Girl, 3, Goes Missing After Mom Puts Her to Bed: 'I Love Her and I'll Never Let Her Go Again'
Law enforcement continues searching for the missing 3-year-old girl, Mariah Woods
A 3-year-old North Carolina girl has been missing since her mom put her to bed Sunday night in their Jacksonville home, officials confirm to PEOPLE.
The following morning at about 6:45 a.m., the girl’s mother, Kristy Woods, called officials to report her daughter Mariah was missing, officials said.
“My last memory of her was feeding her and putting her to bed,” Woods told local station Channel 12. “I told her I loved her and she loved me.”
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Officials began ground and air searches for the girl, who is 2 feet 9 inches and has brown hair and blue eyes.
As of Tuesday, the Onslow County Sheriff’s Department, and multiple agencies including the FBI, were still searching, says department spokesperson Maj. Chris Thomas.
“We’re conducting an investigation,” Thomas tells PEOPLE, who declined to elaborate about details of the case. “We’re still following tips and leads from the AMBER Alert and other sources.”
Woods told reporters her daughter wears braces on her legs to help her walk, and added she doesn’t believe she would’ve walked away from their house on her own.
“It’s not making sense to me about where she could be at,” said Woods, “or who she could be with.”
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Woods pleaded to be reunited with her child.
“I love her and I’ll never let her go again,” she said. “I just want to hold her tight and see her smile.”
If you have any information about Mariah, call the Onslow County Sheriff’s Office at 910-989-4070.