AMBER ALERT: Search underway for missing 3-year-old Onslow County girl


JACKSONVILLE, N.C. (WNCT) – An Amber Alert has been issued for a missing 3-year-old girl in Jacksonville.

Onslow County Sheriff Hans Miller said crews are searching the area of Dawson Cabin Road in Jacksonville for Mariah Woods, who was reported missing sometime last night.

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According to the alert, Woods is a white female about 2 feet, 9 inches tall, weighing 30 pounds. She has brown hair and blue eyes.

The Sheriff’s Office said the call regarding the missing girl came from her mother and live-in boyfriend.

Authorities are interviewing the family, and they are using a helicopter and drone to search for the girl.

The sheriff has not ruled out the possibility of an abduction.

A family friend told 9 On Your Side the girl has an orthopedic leg problem, so when she walks her left leg is thrown around and causes her to wobble.

Mariah’s grandmother said due to her grandaughter’s walking issues, she can’t imagine her wandering off.

The girl’s two older brothers made it to school safely.

If you have any information regarding this abduction, call the Onslow County Sheriff immediately at (910) 455-3113, or call 911 or *HP.