Arrest Made in Search for Missing 3-Year-Old

Mother's boyfriend is arrested in connection to disappearance of 3-year-old Mariah Woods and police believe she is dead

The Onslow County Sheriff's Office and Federal Bureau of Investigation have arrested 32-year-old Earl Kimrey in connection to the disappearance of 3-year-old Mariah Woods.

The authorities said Kimrey faces charges of concealing of death, obstruction of justice, second-degree burglary, felony larceny and possession of stolen property.

Earl Kimrey, 32, was taken into custody by sheriff's investigators Friday. Her biological father Alex Woods told WCTI 12 Tuesday that he found out his daughter was missing when the Amber Alert was issued and he hasn't seen her for about a year.

Investigators believe that Mariah is deceased due to evidence gathered throughout the investigation. WCTI spoke with a 23-year-old Newport, North Carolina woman Wednesday who said she was the woman pictured in the surveillance photos. The search is now shifting to recovery efforts.

Kimrey is being held on a more than one million dollar bond.

Federal Bureau of Investigation spokeswoman Shelley Lynch confirmed Kimrey lived with Mariah and her mother.

It has been five days since the little girl vanished from her home in the dead of night.




The arrest warrant said Kimrey obstructed justice by "removing Mariah Woods' body from the scene of her death, and did hide (the) death and body, knowing that (she) died from unnatural causes".

"We all hope and pray to find her alive, but it is still extremely important we find her". The warrant also says that Kimrey "secretly disposed of the dead child's body". Prosecutors are reviewing whether additional charges should be filed. "Just bring her home, please, safe and sound".

Kristy, who this week disabled her Facebook account after posting the missing person's appeal for her daughter, claimed that Mariah was taken by a stranger.

The statement did not say if Kimrey has a lawyer.

Earlier on Friday FBI forensic teams were testing "items of interest" in their desperate search for Mariah.

'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?

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