Search for Missing NC Toddler Intensifying Near Her Home

Search for missing NC girl intensifies

ONSLOW COUNTY, N.C. - The desperate search for a missing girl from southeastern North Carolina intensified Thursday.

3-year-old Mariah Woods was first reported missing from her Jacksonville home on Monday. Early Thursday morning, FBI Charlotte tweeted out a plea for anyone who had contact with the family on Sunday or Monday to call the Onslow County Sheriff's Office. 

On Wednesday, the sheriff, who was asked by the media if the family was cooperating, said, "Let me put it to you this way: we talked to them and they talked to us."

NBC Charlotte has learned more than 200 investigators have searched more than 100 acres in rural Onslow County, looking for Mariah.

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The sheriff said, "Local state and federal agencies have conducted nearly 100 interviews and have followed more than 140 leads." 

Here is a timeline of the events:

The mother's boyfriend told police he put Mariah to bed around midnight Monday. The next morning, the mother reported the little girl missing, an amber alert was issued and search teams were brought in to help.

On Tuesday, the FBI joined the search, bringing in helicopters, k-9s and a dive team. On Wednesday, surveillance photos released from Walmart in Morehead City, believed to show Mariah with a woman, turned out not to be the missing girl.

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Investigators called on residents in the southwest Verona area of Onslow County to join the search. People were being asked to check sheds, barns and wooded areas near their homes. 

There was also a $2,500 reward posted for information. 

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