ATLANTA -- Police need the public's help in locating a woman they said abandoned her child alone in Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport earlier Friday.

Police are now looking for 29-year-old Maranda Hakimi Harvey.

Authorities gave a live press conference on the investigation at Atlanta Police Headquarters at 7:30 p.m.

According to investigators, Harvey drove herself and her 4-year-old girl to the airport in her personal car sometime early Friday morning. What their connection is to Atlanta is still unknown.

Harvey and her daughter, originally from Maryland, were in the airports's atrium when the woman asked a random couple to watch the girl while she went shopping. Police said Harvey never came back. The couple called authorities after several hours.

Atlanta Police Sgt. Warren Pickard said they've been searching for Harvey's since. Investigators said the 29-year-old rented a white Nissan Versa with Florida tag HKNA25.

Police said the 4-year-old girl is with police as they try to make contact with family back in Maryland, but Pickard said they are intent on finding the mom.

"Why this child was left in the airport for all this time, unattended, is concerning," Pickard said. "Who would leave a 4-year-old child with strangers? Even if you were going to shop, a wise person would not do that."

Right now, police said their priority is locating the mom. They will determine whether to charge her after that.

Harvey is described as a 5-foot-2, 135-pound woman with brunette hair. If anyone has information on where she might be, they are asked to call police.