Missing 3-year-old in North Carolina sparks manhunt

A 3-year-old North Carolina girl has been missing since Sunday, and the FBI has joined the frantic search to find her.

“Please, bring her back,” a tearful Kristy Woods said at a news conference Monday of her young daughter, Mariah. “She's my baby, she's my everything,”

“Just to be able to touch her and hold her and not let her go again,” she continued. “I’d give anything.”

Woods last saw her daughter Sunday night when she tucked her into bed at their Jacksonville, N.C., home.

But the blond-haired, blue-eyed girl was missing the next morning, and police issued an Amber alert early Monday.

Authorities are “working everything that can be worked to find this little girl,” Jacksonville Sheriff Hans Miller told local ABC affiliate WCTI.

“It’s entirely premature to try to determine what happened,” he said.

Miller also told WCTI police have spoken to Woods and her live-in boyfriend. They also searched their car with no success.

Mariah weighs about 30 pounds and is 2 feet 9 inches tall, authorities said.

The Onslow County Sheriff’s Department and local fire departments combed the surrounding woods hoping to find any trace of Mariah.

Onslow County also flew a drone overhead, while a neighboring county loaned a helicopter in support.

The FBI has also chipped in to help with the investigation, WCTI reported.

Woods said Mariah is adored by the community, calling the girl her “angel” because she became pregnant with her after getting her tubes tied.

“We call her our little angel,” Woods said. “She knows how to make your day brighter.”

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