AMBER, Blue and Silver Alerts: What you need to know

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FBI’s Child Abduction Rapid Deployment team joins search for 3-year-old Jacksonville girl

By Abbie Bennett And Aaron Moody

abennett@newsobserver.com

November 27, 2017 11:50 AM

JACKSONVILLE

Onslow County Sheriff’s deputies are searching for Mariah Kay Woods, 3, who was allegedly abducted in Jacksonville, according to an Amber Alert issued Monday.

Mariah Kay Woods
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The FBI has joined the search for Woods, who was last seen when her mother put her to bed at about 11 p.m. Sunday night, according to the Charlotte Division of the FBI. She was missing the next morning.

Officials have interviewed Woods’ mother and her boyfriend, and asked local residents to check for signs of the missing child.

Woods is a 3-year-old white female, about 2 feet 9 inches tall, weighing about 30 pounds. She has brown hair and blue eyes.

#AMBERAlert Update!

Mariah was last seen on November 26, 2017 at 11:00 p.m. at 2404 Dawson Cabin Road in Jacksonville, #NorthCarolina.https://t.co/D2vblnGoy9

— NCMEC (@MissingKids) November 28, 2017

Woods was reported missing from a home on the 2400 block of Dawson Cabin Road in Jacksonville, according to the FBI.

The Onslow County Sheriff’s Office and FBI held a press conference Tuesday afternoon, where the sheriff’s office said it was “using every resource available to find this little girl” including law enforcement partners and other first responders searching on the ground and with a helicopter.

“No piece of information is too small,” the sheriff’s office said, adding that anyone who has had any contact with the family since her disappearance is asked to call the sheriff’s office or the FBI.

The FBI brought in the Child Abduction Rapid Deployment (CARD) team, a group of “highly trained and experienced experts on missing child cases.”

The FBI also released a missing poster that will be featured on all FBI social media sites.

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No other information was immediately available.

Anyone with information about the abduction is asked to call the Onslow County Sheriff at 910-455-3113, the FBI’s Charlotte field office at 704-672-6100 or call 911.