JACKSONVILLE, N.C. (AP) - The FBI says more than 700 people came to join in the search for a missing North Carolina child.
A statement from the FBI said Friday's initial search finished more quickly than anticipated because of the number of people who turned out. The statement said plans were being made to search other sites by volunteers who were waiting to be deployed.
Officials were hoping to wrap up the day's efforts by 4:30 p.m. to get volunteers back to their cars before sunset. According to the FBI, no additional volunteer searches are scheduled. While some items were tagged, the FBI said nothing that was turned in was believed to be related to the disappearance of 3-year-old Mariah Woods.
Onslow County Sheriff Hans Miller said on Friday that volunteers came from as far away as Raleigh, 120 miles northwest of Jacksonville. On Thursday, Miller called on civilians to join law enforcement in the land and air search for Mariah.
Miller said authorities will look at what was found and decide whether they need to look in another area.
The FBI says they have been sending "items of interest" to their lab in Quantico, Virginia, for priority testing in the case.
The girl was reported missing from her home on Monday.
Anyone with information about this incident may contact Onslow County Sheriff’s Office at 910-455-3113, Crime Stoppers at 910-938-3273.
Crime Stoppers offers cash reward of up to $2,500 for information that is deemed of value or assistance to law enforcement. Information can also be anonymously texted via Text-A-Tip by typing TIP4CSJAX and your message to 274637 (CRIMES). Callers to Crime Stoppers may remain anonymous and never have to reveal their identity.
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