FBI Charlotte
Public Affairs Specialist Shelley Lynch
slynch@fbi.gov
December 1, 2017

FBI CARD Team Assisting in Search for Missing Toddler in Onslow County

Updated December 5, 2017: Investigators have recovered remains believed to be 3-year-old Mariah Woods in Shelter Creek along Shaw Highway in Pender County, North Carolina on Saturday, December, 2, 2017. Positive confirmation will be made by the medical examiner's office.

The men and women of the FBI who worked around the clock with the Onslow County Sheriff's Office to search for Mariah Woods offer our deepest condolences to her family and community.

Moving forward, the case is now a state homicide investigation. Therefore, the FBI is no longer the contact for media updates.  


The Onslow County Sheriff’s Office and the Federal Bureau of Investigation are asking for the public’s assistance to find three-year-old Mariah Woods. She has been missing from her home since November 26, 2017. Her Mother says she discovered Mariah was not in the home located on Dawson Cabin Road on Monday, November 27, 2017.

The Onslow County Sheriff’s Office is using every resource available to find this little girl. That includes many law enforcement partners and other first responders who have been searching on the ground and with a helicopter. In addition to many state and local resources, the Federal Bureau of Investigation has brought in the Child Abduction Rapid Deployment or CARD team. The CARD team is a group of highly trained and experienced subject-matter experts on missing child cases. CARD teams respond around the country when a child disappears.

The FBI has created a “missing poster” that will be featured on all the FBI social media sites. A detailed timeline is crucial to helping us find this little girl. Investigators are asking anyone who saw the family on Sunday, November 26, 2017 through Monday, November, 27, 2017 to call the Sheriff’s Office at 910-455-3113.

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