Sheriff’s Office not accepting additional volunteers in search due to large turnout

JACKSONVILLE, N.C. (WNCT) — So many volunteers turned out to help search for Mariah Woods Friday that some were turned away.

600 people showed up and came from as far away as Raleigh.

Volunteers registered at Dawson Community Church Friday morning, and 60 teams will march five to 10 feet away from each other.

Volunteers were instructed to alert their team leader, a law enforcement officer, if they see something.

Onslow County Sheriff’s expressed their gratitude to the community on Friday in a press release.

The release also said the reason for turning away volunteers is because the search would be delayed if people kept showing up.

The sheriff’s office will hold additional volunteer searches in the coming days.

Crime Stoppers offers cash rewards 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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