Mariah has been missing since Sunday night when her mother put her to bed. He then explained that he had custody of the children for around a month in 2016, after Kimrey reportedly abused one of the children.
In a news conference Wednesday afternoon, officials with the Federal Bureau of Investigation and Onslow County Sheriff's Office said that more than 100 interviews have been conducted since Mariah went missing, and that law enforcement officials were working 140 different leads in the case.
Woods, who said he has been involved in custody issues with Kristy Woods, his ex-wife, and has not seen the child in about a year, said he doesn't believe her explanation of what happened. But they did not say what the items are.
Woods said she woke up Monday morning and noticed her daughter was missing from her bedroom. "I hope and pray that I can get my daughter and hold her again".
"Someone just walked right up in there, grabbed the 3-year-old out of the bed and she didn't cry, she didn't scream?"
As they search the woodland behind her home, investigators are searching an abandoned house and a nearby body of water and the FBI's child abduction team is working with local authorities. She is about 2 feet, 9 inches tall and 30 pounds. She has brown hair and blue eyes.
The sheriff has even called on the community to help.
Authorities interviewed both the little girl's mother and her mother's live-in boyfriend, but it's still unclear, what, if any, leads detectives have at this point.
Horses were brought in to help officials search less accessible terrain.
- As officials and investigators in Onslow County moved into Day 4 of the search for Mariah Kay Woods, 3, focus was shifted to a creek off U.S. Highway 17, just a few miles from where the child was last seen.
The Onslow County Sheriff's Office and "Team Adam" with the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children are organizing a search that will take place between 8:00 a.m. and 9:00 a.m. on Friday. WATCH: Officials give update on Mariah's caseABC News reports that her mother reached out to the public in an emotional plea Monday. He said he custody of the children for around a month past year after an incident that alerted Child Protective Services, but when Hunter got the kids back, she reportedly wasn't cooperative in allowing Woods visitation.