Federal agents on Tuesday joined K-9 units and helicopters combing a rural community near the North Carolina coast where a 3-year-old girl disappeared after being put to bed, NBC News reported.
The disappearance of Mariah Kay Woods prompted a statewide Amber Alert and authorities to search wooded areas in Jacksonville where the family lives, including the grounds of Camp Lejeune, the nearby Marine Corps Base.
The girl's mother Kristy Woods said she last saw her daughter around 11 p.m. Sunday. She said that her live-in boyfriend checked again on Mariah around an hour later, at which point he told the toddler to go back to sleep.
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Kristy Woods says she went to check on her daughter around six the next morning and alerted authorities when Mariah could not be found.