CHARLOTTE, NC (FOX 46 WJZY) - New images released early Wednesday morning depicting what police believed could have been missing 3-year-old Mariah Kay Woods at a local Walmart are a dead end.
An Amber Alert was issued for the North Carolina girl earlier this week. The FBI released surveillance photos overnight of what was believed to be Mariah. Onslow County Sheriff’s Office confirmed Wednesday morning the pictures are not of Mariah, WNCN reports.
Authorities are hoping for a break in the case after Mariah disappeared from her Jacksonville, North Carolina home on Sunday. She was last seen at around 11:30 p.m. in bed at her home.
FOX News reported that her mother, Kristy Woods, said she put her daughter to bed that night around 6 p.m. and checked on her around that time. In the morning, she found the bed empty and her daughter gone.
Talking to FOX News, Onslow County Sheriff Hans J. Miller said there was no sign of unlawful entry into the home. At the time, Woods, her boyfriend, and Woods' two other children were inside.
Woods is described as having brown hair and blue eyes. She's approximately 2 feet 9 inches tall and weighing 30 pounds.
The FBI has also become involved in the search, with authorities investigating the area around the mobile home park to find any evidence of Mariah's location.
Anyone with information about the abduction or Mariah's location should immediately call the Onslow County Sheriff at (910) 455-3113 or tips can be anonymously texted via Text-A-Tip by typing TIP4CSJAX and your message to 274637 (CRIMES).
Authorities are offering a $2,500 reward for information authorities deem of value to the search.