Kristy Woods put her daughter, Mariah, to bed on Sunday night in their home in Jacksonville, North Carolina. But the child was gone when Woods awoke the next morning, and she is still missing.
The 3-year-old lives with her mother and her live-in boyfriend. Her disappearance sparked a nationwide Amber Alert.
North Carolina police have released surveillance images captured Monday morning at approximately 9:30 a.m. in a Walmart in Morehead City believed to be Mariah with an unknown woman:
The FBI is reaching out for help identifying and locating the child and the woman appearing in the video.
On Wednesday, a woman in Newport, North Carolina, said that child in the surveillance photos is her daughter, not Mariah, according to WCTI.
Mariah’s mother begged for her return in a press conference after the child vanished from her room:
“Please, bring her back … She’s my baby, she’s my everything. Just to be able to touch her and hold her and not let her go again. I’d give anything.”
Mariah’s biological father, Alex Woods, learned his daughter was gone when he saw the Amber Alert for a missing child.
Alex told WCTI he had not seen his daughter and her two brothers since last year. He was granted custody of them after an investigation into their mother by Child Protective Services, but he has not seen them since.
While Mariah’s mother believes she was abducted, the father is questioning if his daughter is really a victim of a kidnapping.
— FBI Most Wanted (@FBIMostWanted) November 28, 2017
“Someone just walked right up in there, grabbed the 3-year-old out of the bed and she didn’t cry, she didn’t scream? Nobody heard anything? Four people in the house, two adults and two kids, someone just comes up and snatches the baby and walks out?”
Mariah is about 2 feet 9 inches tall, weighs around 30 pounds, and has brown hair and blue eyes.
As the FBI continues its search for the 3-year-old girl, the agency asks that the public report any information they have by calling the FBI’s Charlotte Field Office at (704) 672-6100 or the Onslow County Sheriff’s Office at (910) 455-3113.
See more photos of the missing child below.