Federal Bureau of Investigation joins hunt for missing 3-year-old North Carolina girl

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An Amber Alert has been issued for a missing 3-year-old girl in Jacksonville.

Mariah has long brown hair and blue eyes. "She's my baby, she's my everything", said the child's mother, Kristy Woods, in a press conference.

She was last seen at her home in North Carolina at 11:30 p.m.

Mariah lived with her mother and her mother's live-in boyfriend, and was reported missing on Monday at 6 a.m, WXII12 reported. Goes by Mariah. She has walking difficulties, so please, if anybody sees her.

Woods also revealed that her daughter has to wear orthopedic leg braces and worries that she won't be able to walk without them. "She's a sweet child, but she's shy with strangers".

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"Priority number one is to find Mariah", an Federal Bureau of Investigation official said in the conference. Multiple agencies are helping a mother desperate to find her daughter and to bring her home. Their search is primarily focused on the land behind the houses where the 3-year-old went missing.

A search in a wooded area behind the girl's home as well as the surrounding woods by four volunteer fire departments, the Onslow County Sheriff's Department and K9 unites came up empty, WCTI reported.

Mariah's father, Alex Woods, told NewsChannel 12 that he is not convinced that of his ex-partner's story that Mariah has been abducted.

The sheriff's office has announced a reward of $2,500 (£1,800) for information leading to her safe return.

Anyone with information should call 911, 1-800-843-5678 or the Onslow County Sheriff's Office at 1-910-989-4070.

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