The FBI is testing “items of interest” in the search for missing tot Mariah Woods, officials said.
CBS News reports that FBI supervisory special agent Stanley Meado confirmed that potential evidence at the scene would be tested, but did not say what the items of interest being tested were or where they were found. He said that the lab results would be prioritized at Quantico.
As CrimeOnline previously reported, Mariah’s mother reported the 3-year-old missing early Monday morning after last seeing her Sunday night at 11pm. An AMBER Alert was soon issued. Authorities have been conducting a desperate search on land, sea, and air. Search teams have patrolled on foot, boat, and horseback. Onslow County Sheriff Hans Miller has also asked for citizen volunteers to help in the search.
Family members did not report any sign of forced entry. According to the family, Mariah has an orthopedic leg issue that causes her to wobble as she walks. Her grandmother expressed disbelief that the toddler would simply wander out of the house, according to CBS.
Mariah’s biological father Alex Woods spoke with Nancy Grace on her podcast and radio show ‘Crime Stories with Nancy Grace’. Alex said that he had heard that someone was spotted leaving the house early Monday morning.
“People are saying that they saw someone go out the backdoor at 3 or 4 o’clock in the morning,” Woods said.
He also made a desperate plea for his daughter’s safe return.
“Please bring my little baby girl back home. She’s precious and she’s innocent and she’s done nothing to nobody. I mean she’s a little 3-year-old girl. Me and my fiancé, we love her so much. We miss her so much. Daddy loves you so much baby. Please come home, honey.”
Anyone with information is urged to contact Onslow County Sheriff’s Office at 910-455-3113, or Crime Stoppers at 910-938-3273.