Law enforcement officers and volunteers have flooded the area around a North Carolina home in the search for a 3-year-old girl whose mother says she vanished after she was put to bed Sunday night. Mariah Kay Woods was reported missing around 6:45am Monday after her mother discovered she was gone from their home in Jacksonville, Onslow County, People reports. "My last memory of her was feeding her and putting her to bed," mother Kristy Woods told reporters. "I told her I loved her and she loved me." Woods said her daughter wears leg braces to help her walk, meaning she would have been unlikely to wander off alone.
An Amber Alert was issued early Monday and the FBI has now joined the search, ABC reports. Wooded areas around the home have been searched and neighbors have been asked to thoroughly check their yards and sheds for any sign of a little girl. Mariah is described as white, 2 feet, 9 inches tall and 30 pounds, with brown hair and blue eyes. WRAL reports that the FBI has released surveillance images of a woman and a little girl taken Monday morning in a Walmart in Morehead City, NC, around 40 miles away from Jacksonville. Authorities are trying to determine whether the girl, whose face is seen in profile, is Mariah. (Read more missing child stories.)