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Items of interest from Mariah Woods case being tested at FBI Quantico

(Photo courtesy of Mariah Woods' family)

JACKSONVILLE, Onslow County - The FBI is currently "testing items of interest" in Quantico related to the case of missing 3-year-old Mariah Woods.

The Onslow County Sheriff's Office and FBI held their third joint press conference on Thursday to discuss their investigation into Mariah's disappearance.

DAY 4: Search extends, evidence to be examined

An FBI official said that during their investigation, they discovered "items of interest" and utilized the help of the Marine Corps to transport those items to Quantico for priority testing.

Sheriff Hans Miller that that additional resources have been brought in as their search for Mariah continues to its fourth day.

Horses were brought in to help officials search less accessible terrain. Search boats were also brought in to search Southwest Creek.

Sheriff Miller also said that officials are making a public call for help in the search. Anyone who wants to help should join investigators at Dawson Community Church on 2311 Dawson Cabin Road between 8 a.m. and 9 a.m.

Volunteers should be prepared to search rough terrain. Sheriff Miller recommends that volunteers wear appropriate attire and bring water and snacks. You must bring an ID to register.

Search party volunteers will be broken up into groups to cover more ground.

The search is extensive and continuous, an FBI official said. It is only limited to Onslow County at this point, but it is still expanding.

When asked what he would say to those who are questioning why nothing appears to be changing in the search, Sheriff Hans Miller said that it's important to not release investigative details during an active investigation.

"Trust that this is in good hands," Sheriff Miller said. "We have to stand together as a community."

An FBI officials also stressed that their goal is to talk to everyone who lives in Mariah Woods' neighborhood, as well as anyone who had contact with the family over the weekend Mariah went missing.

Both officials emphasized that the family of Mariah is cooperating with their investigation.

"I'm emotional about this," Sheriff Miller said. "We want to find Mariah and bring her back."

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