CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- As the search for a missing North Carolina toddler continues in Onslow County, the FBI brought in special agents from its Child Abduction Rapid Deployment Team Tuesday.
The team members are experts in missing children cases and respond to assist investigations across the country. Mariah Woods was last seen at a home on Dawson Cabin Road in Jacksonville early Monday morning. Her mother, Kristy Woods, said her boyfriend saw her around midnight after he told her to go back to bed.
According to an FBI spokesperson, the last time the team assisted with a case here in North Carolina was in the Charlotte area a few months ago to follow leads in the Asha Degree case.
The FBI issued a missing person flyer with Mariah’s picture and description after a press conference Tuesday afternoon. FBI leaders say they are taking a closer look at the time period immediately surrounding Mariah’s disappearance, saying they want to hear from anyone who was in contact with her family on Sunday and Monday.
Detectives spent much of Tuesday combing the rural area around Mariah’s trailer. They also keyed in on a trash can near the home. The can was loaded onto a pickup truck and taken into evidence.
Authorities declined to say what, if any, evidence they have uncovered in the case. Authorities initially called the case a kidnapping. They now say they are open to any possible scenario.
"Our mind is open, our ears are open, and our eyes are open," said Onslow County Sheriff Hans Miller. "Every second counts, especially after the cold night we just had."
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