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JACKSONVILLE, N.C. (AP) – The FBI says a 3-year-old girl reported missing earlier this week is not the girl seen in a photograph in a Walmart in North Carolina.

The FBI had released a photo of a woman and child at a Walmart in North Carolina as officials search for a 3-year-old girl who was reported missing early Monday.

The FBI said in a news release Wednesday that the woman and child in the photos have nothing to do with the case of the missing girl.

Kristy Woods told authorities she thinks Mariah Kay Woods was abducted from their home near Jacksonville sometime after 11 p.m. Sunday.

A statewide Amber Alert has been issued for Mariah.

The girl’s biological father is questioning the reporting kidnapping, saying it’s hard to believe no one in the house heard anything.

mariahwoods FBI Asks For Help Identifying Woman And Child Possibly Related To Amber Alert

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Alex Woods told WCTI-TV in New Bern in an interview Tuesday he didn’t know Mariah Kay Woods was missing until an Amber Alert was issued Monday.

Kristy Woods, the girl’s mother, told authorities she last saw Mariah about 11 p.m. Sunday when she checked on her at their home near Jacksonville. Woods said she called authorities around 6 a.m. Monday when she noticed Mariah was missing.

Alex Woods says he can’t believe someone could walk into the house and grab a 3-year-old out of her bed without her crying out or screaming. He says two adults and two other children were in the house and someone should have heard something.

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