Is it Mariah? Police ask for help identifying woman seen holding a blonde toddler at Walmart, three hours after girl went missing from her home

  • Late Tuesday, the FBI released surveillance photos showing a woman with a blonde toddler at a Walmart in Morehead City, North Carolina
  • They want the public's help identifying the woman, in connection to the disappearance of three-year-old Mariah Kay Woods
  • Mariah was reported missing around 6am Monday morning, when her mother and live-in boyfriend found her missing from her bed
  • The pictures from Walmart were taken three hours later, at a store about an hour east of the girl's home in Jacksonville??

Newly released surveillance images suggest three-year-old Mariah Kay Woods, who was found missing from her bed Monday morning, may have been abducted.

Late Tuesday, the FBI released a series of three surveillance photos from a Walmart in Morehead City, North Carolina - about an hour east of Mariah's home in Jacksonville.?

The photos shows a brunette woman walking with and carrying a blonde toddler who appears to resemble Mariah.?

The FBI, which recently brought in their child abduction team to aid the case, says they want to question the woman in connection to Mariah's disappearance.?

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The FBI released these images late Tuesday, showing a woman they want to question in the disappearance of three-year-old Mariah Woods?

The FBI released these images late Tuesday, showing a woman they want to question in the disappearance of three-year-old Mariah Woods?

'As a result from information provided by the community, law enforcement obtained an image of an adult and child that was taken on Monday morning, November 27th at approximately 9:30 a.m. in the WalMart in Morehead City,' the FBI said in a statement. 'The Onslow County Sheriff's Office and the FBI are attempting to determine whether the child depicted in this image is missing three year old Mariah Woods.'

The photos were taken at 9:30am Monday morning, three and a half hours after Mariah's mother and live-in boyfriend went to wake her up and found her missing from her bedroom.?

The last time that Mariah's mother, Kristy Woods, say her was at 11pm the night before, when she tucked her into bed.?

Mariah Woods was reported missing early Monday morning when her mother went to wake her up and found her missing from her bed ?

Mariah Woods (left and right) was reported missing Monday morning, when her mother went to wake her up and found her missing from her bedroom ?

She says her boyfriend saw the girl about an hour later, when she came out of her room and he told her to go back to bed.?

Police went to see the girl's biological father, Alex Woods, who said she was not with ?him. ?

On Tuesday, Alex told WCTI reporters that he first learned his daughter was missing when the Amber Alert was issued on Monday.?

He said the last time he had seen Mariah and her two brothers was about a year ago, when he got custody for a month while Child Protective Services investigated an incident.?

He said he's not convinced that Mariah was abducted. ??


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In a tearful address to reporters on Monday, the girl's mother seemed to believe someone had abducted her girl.?

'Please, bring her back ... She's my baby, she's my everything,' the mother of three said. 'Just to be able to touch her and hold her and not let her go again. I'd give anything.'

Kristy Woods says that her daughter usually wears orthopedic braces on both of her legs and has trouble walking without them. ?

On Monday, Mariah's mother Kristy Woods issued a tearful statement to reporters, asking whoever is responsible for her daughter's disappearance to return the girl?

Woods' live-in boyfriend Earl Kimrey (left, with Woods) was the last to see the girl alive?

Woods' live-in boyfriend Earl Kimrey (left, with Woods) was the last to see the girl alive?

Kimrey and Woods are pictured above with Woods' three children (including Mariah, being held by Woods)

Kimrey and Woods are pictured above with Woods' three children (including Mariah, being held by Woods)

Mariah's biological father, Alex Woods (right), said he didn't learn about his daughter's disappearance until the Amber Alert was issued on Monday. He hasn't had custody of her for a year. He's pictured above with his girlfriend

Mariah's biological father, Alex Woods (right), said he didn't learn about his daughter's disappearance until the Amber Alert was issued on Monday. He hasn't had custody of her for a year. He's pictured above with his girlfriend

She says she calls Mariah 'an angel' because she unexpectedly got pregnant with her after she got her tubes tied.?

'This is my world, this is my angel,' said Woods. 'She was sent to me for a reason. This is my everything besides my boys, the love that I have for this girl. The bond that I have ..is my life. please, just don't take that.'

Woods' boyfriend has not been officially identified, but her Facebook profile says she's in a relationship with a man named Earl Kimrey.?

A photo on his profile shows him posing with his girlfriend and her children. The profile also says they started dating in July 2015.?

On Monday, police searched the woods surrounding the couple's home in a mobile home park.?

They say there was no sign of a forced entry, but the back door of the home was left unlocked overnight.?

Kristy Woods says she last saw her daughter Sunday night at 11pm, when she tucked her into bed at the home she lives in with her boyfriend and children

Kristy Woods says she last saw her daughter Sunday night at 11pm, when she tucked her into bed at the home she lives in with her boyfriend and children

Kristy Woods said her boyfriend saw the girl once more, at midnight, when she came out of her room and he told her to go back to bed. Above, search crews on Monday

Kristy Woods said her boyfriend saw the girl once more, at midnight, when she came out of her room and he told her to go back to bed. Above, search crews on Monday

Mariah was officially reported missing Monday morning around 6am, when her mother went into the room and saw she was gone?

Mariah was officially reported missing Monday morning around 6am, when her mother went into the room and saw she was gone?

Investigators searched the home, the family's car and the woods around the home on Monday. Above, an investigator packages evidence on Monday

Investigators searched the home, the family's car and the woods around the home on Monday. Above, an investigator packages evidence on Monday

Sheriff Hans Miller says it's too soon to know what happened to the girl?

Sheriff Hans Miller says it's too soon to know what happened to the girl?

Law enforcement officials also searched the home and the family's car for evidence.?

They say they found some items of interest in the woods behind the home, but are unsure if it's connected to the girl's disappearance yet.

The FBI is now assisting local and state law enforcement in the case.?

Mariah is described as a white female with brown hair and blue eyes. She stands at about two-feet-nine and weighs 30 pounds.?

Sheriff Hans Miller said his officers are 'working everything that can be worked to find this little girl.'

'We don’t know what happened. It’s entirely premature to try to determine what happened,' Sheriff Miller said.?

Anyone with information on Mariah's disappearance are being asked to call the Onslow County Sheriff at 910-455-3113 or 911 locally. ?

Anyone with information on Mariah's disappearance are being asked to call the Onslow County Sheriff at 910-455-3113 or 911 locally

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