Amber Alert: Search underway for missing 3-year-old girl in North Carolina

JACKSONVILLE, NC (WNCT) – An Amber Alert has been issued for a missing 3-year-old girl in North Carolina.

MORE: Search for missing 3-year-old girl in North Carolina enters second day

Onslow County Sheriff Hans Miller said crews are searching the area of Dawson Cabin Road in Jacksonville for Mariah Woods.

Woods is a white female about 2 feet, 9 inches tall, weighing 30 pounds. She has blond hair and blue eyes.

Kirsty Woods, the girl’s mother, woke up Monday morning and noticed her daughter was missing from her bedroom.

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.

Once they realized Mariah was missing, Woods and her live-in boyfriend called authorities.

Multiple agencies have spent all day searching for the girl, using helicopters, drones and K9s.

Family members said the girl has an orthopedic leg problem, so when she walks her left leg is thrown around and causes her to wobble.

Mariah’s grandmother said due to her grandaughter’s walking issues, she can’t imagine her wandering off.

The family also said Mariah would not have left with a stranger.

The Sheriff’s Office checked with Mariah’s biological father but said he does not have the girl.

The girl’s two older brothers made it to school safely. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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