Officials believe they have found the body of 3-year-old Mariah Woods


JACKSONVILLE, NC (WWAY) — Onslow County Sheriff Hans Miller has announced that law enforcement officials have found what appears to be the body of missing three-year-old Mariah Woods.

“I’m very saddened to report to you that we have recovered what we believe are the remains of little Mariah Woods. We were all hoping for a better outcome. We have made appropriate notifications to the family,” Sheriff Miller said.

The news was announced that a Fayetteville dive team made the discovery Saturday evening at 5:30 p.m. in Shelter Creek along Shaw Highway in Pender County.

“Sadly it was too late to save Mariah the moment the 911 call came in,” FBI Senior Agent Stanley Meador said.

As time passes many community members were hoping and praying for a better outcome.

“I seen the devastating news and I had many different emotions anger, hurt, panic,” community member Angela Wiles said. “I wasn’t able to breath just complete devastation.”

Wiles did not know Mariah or her family, but says she felt she had to do something to show Mariah she was loved. She made a memorial for Mariah down the road from her home.

“Ultimately regardless of what we think or the speculation, it’s about Mariah. It’s not about anything else or anyone else and bringing her justice and peace,” Wiles said.

Officials are still asking for the communities help to uncover what happened that night Mariah went missing.

If anyone has any surveillance footage from a home, business or hunting game camera within the search areas call the Onslow County Sheriff’s Office.

Positive confirmation of the body will be made by the medical examiner’s office.

We will have more details as they become available.

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