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Amber Alert: Search for 3-year-old Mariah Woods enters day 4

(Photo courtesy of Mariah Woods' family)

A look at Highway 17 just off Dawson Cabin Road where Mariah Woods' home is.

There are currently several cars and areas taped off.

A K-9 unit is also on scene.

Onslow County Sheriff Hans Miller is asking local residents who want to help in the search for a missing 3-year-old girl to check their own property.

A statewide Amber Alert was issued for Mariah Woods after she was reported missing from her home outside of Jacksonville early Monday morning.

Sheriff Miller said in a press conference Wednesday that property owners should look around their homes for any clues that might help find Mariah Woods.

The FBI joined the search Tuesday.

Mariah's biological father is questioning the reporting kidnapping, saying it's hard to believe no one in the house heard anything.

Alex Woods says he didn't know his daughter was missing until the Amber Alert was issued.

Kristy Woods, the girl's mother, told authorities she last saw Mariah about 11 p.m. Sunday when she checked on her at their home near Jacksonville. Woods said she called authorities around 6 a.m. Monday when she noticed Mariah was missing.

Alex Woods says he can't believe someone could walk into the house and grab a 3-year-old out of her bed without her crying out or screaming. He says two adults and two other children were in the house and someone should have heard something.

Sheriff Miller said on Wednesday that the investigation has the support of more than 14 agencies.

Thus far, officials have conducted 100 interviews, followed more than 140 leads and had the assistance of more than 225 investigators working around the clock.

When questioned about the adults in Mariah's life, Sheriff Miller said that "we've talked to them, they've talked to us," but would not elaborate further.

Sheriff Miller also said that this was a "focused" incident and there is no danger to the public.

Officials were also questioned during the press conference after a dive team was seen pulling out of High Hill Road, which was closed to traffic Wednesday. Law enforcement had no comment.

"We are taking every lead seriously," an FBI official said.

Officials emphasized multiple times that investigative details and particulars about the case are not being disclosed at this time.

Below is a transcript of comments from the FBI from Wednesday's press conference:

Thank you to the community for your continued support to help us find Mariah. We have searched hundreds of acres of Onslow County by foot, by air, and with K9s. Agents and investigators with more than 14 local, state, and federal agencies have also conducted nearly 100 interviews, and have followed more than 140 leads. More than 225 investigators, agents, and other law enforcement employees are working around the clock with one goal in mind, to find Mariah and bring her home safely. Many of those leads were generated from tips provided by the community. Thank you!
We know many of you want to help and we are working on plans for a volunteer search. It will take a lot to organize, so please be patient. Team Adam from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children is here to assist. Right now, we are asking you search the areas around your own homes for any clues to find Mariah. You know your own home and surrounding area best. Please go take a look and call us immediately if you find anything out of the ordinary.
No piece of information is too small or insignificant. We are still asking anyone that came into contact with members of Mariah's immediate family on Sunday, November 26th through Monday, November 27th to contact the Onslow County Sheriff's Office at 910-455-3113. It is crucial that we have a detailed timeline to help us find Mariah.

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