UPDATE: Police say the mother of the missing 3-year-old Sanford girl has been found dead. 

The North Carolina Department of Public Safety has issued an Amber Alert for a missing 3-year-old Sanford girl, believed to have been abducted by a relative.

Riley Harper Bockes is described as a 3-year-old white female with blonde hair and blue eyes. The alleged abductor is Brent James Bockes, described as a 50-year-old white male, 6-feet tall and weighing about 210 pounds. He has brown hair and blue eyes, a large scar on his left wrist, a tattoo across his stomach and a tattoo on his upper right arm.

The Amber Alert did not reveal the relationship between the young girl and her alleged abductor.

Riley Bockes was taken from 3927 Lee Avenue in Sanford. Police are searching for a burgundy 2013 Toyota Avalon with North Carolina license plate TJC 1491.

Those with information regarding this Amber Alert are asked to call Sanford Police immediately at (919) 777-1005 or at 911.

The Rant will update this story when new information is made available.