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Surveillance photos authorities released in their search for Mariah Woods, a missing North Carolina 3-year-old, turned out to show a different child.

"The Onslow County Sheriff's Office and the Federal Bureau of Investigation are attempting to determine whether the child depicted in this image is missing three year old Mariah Woods", the Onslow County Sheriff's Office said in a statement.

Mariah's mother told the Onslow County Sheriff's Office that she last saw her daughter at their home, at 2404 Dawson Cabin Road in Jacksonville, on Sunday night when she put her to bed.

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. Base officials say almost 100 Marines from various units across Camp Lejeune and New River are helping search for the missing girl.

'This is my world, this is my angel, ' said Woods. She said when she checked on the little girl at 6:30 a.m., she was nowhere to be found.

Long told the station she is frustrated that the photos "may have gotten the hopes of the family up". Miller said at the time of the toddler's disappearance, there were four people inside the home, including Woods, her boyfriend, and Woods' two other children, both boys aged 10 and 5.

"Our focus right now is to bring her back, and then to find out what happened", Miller said Tuesday. Miller wouldn't give many details about the investigation.

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"Every second counts when a child is missing", Onslow County Sheriff Hans Miller said.

The child uses orthopedic braces on her feet to walk, her grandmother Melissa Hunter told reporters.

WITN reports that a dive team from the Onslow County Sheriff's Office with at least one K9 unit and a boat, are at the Southwest Creek Bridge. "In that effort to bring her back we would not rule out any possible situations that may have occurred". Officials have conducted 100 interviews, followed more than 140 leads and had the assistance of more than 225 investigators working around the clock.

On Tuesday, authorities asked the public to call in tips and said the sooner the better.

The FBI official also emphasized that they are still looking for anyone who had contact with the family on Sunday, November 26, or Monday, November 27, to come forward. "If you have any information to identify the adult and child in this image, please call the Onslow County Sheriff's Office at 910-455-3113".

He wouldn't address whether anyone in the family was suspected in the disappearance.