Authorities in North Carolina are still searching for a missing 3-year-old girl after a possible lead turned into a dud.
A girl spotted walking into a Morehead City Walmart on Monday morning turned out not to be Mariah Woods, local news channel WRAL reported, as officials earlier suspected.
Mariah was last seen Sunday night after her mother tucked her into bed.
An amber alert was issued the following morning after she wasn’t present at her family’s Jacksonville, N.C., home.
The FBI, which has joined the expanding search for the missing tot, issued surveillance photos from the Walmart, located about 45 miles east of Jacksonville.
Authorities no longer believe the girl seen entering the Walmart is Mariah.
Police have frantically searched the area around Mariah’s home since Monday, adding a Marine Corps helicopter and state highway troopers to the effort.
Investigators want to talk with “anyone who has had contact with the family” since Sunday, FBI Special Agent-in-Charge Stanley Meador said at a Tuesday news conference.
Mariah’s mother, Kristy Woods, earlier this week implored whoever had her daughter to please bring the young girl home.