Arrest made in Mariah Woods disappearance; missing girl believed to be deceased

Earl Kimrey  OCSO booking

Earl Kimrey OCSO booking

Investigators in North Carolina have made arrest in the disappearance of 3-year-old Mariah Woods and investigators believe she is dead. Kimrey is the live-in boyfriend of Mariah Woods' mother Kristy Woods, CBS affiliate WNCN reported.

Onslow County Sheriff Hans Miller said that volunteers came from as far away as Raleigh, which is 120 miles southeast of Jacksonville.

Kimrey was taken before a state magistrate and charged with: Concealing of Death, Obstruction of Justice, 2nd Degree Burglary, Felony Larceny, and Possession of Stolen Property.

Onslow County deputies say they charged 32-year-old Earl Kimrey with concealing a death.

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There is no indication as yet that Mariah's body has been found but police believe she is deceased. The search is now shifting to recovery efforts.

The search was organized in connection with the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children.

She called the sheriff's office around 6 a.m. Monday to report her missing, and an Amber Alert was issued that day.

On Thursday, the Federal Bureau of Investigation said "items of interest" were taken to Marine Corps Base Quantico, outside Washington, D.C., for testing. "Some people may not have been home when we tried to talk to them, we will continue to contact everyone to determine if they have any information that can help us find Mariah".

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The investigation is ongoing.

Earlier this week, Mariah's biological father, who has not seen her for more than a year, said he did not believe she was abducted.

Authorities in North Carolina have arrested a man in connection with the disappearance of a young girl and said they are determined to find the child's body.

It has been five days since the little girl vanished from her home in the dead of night. She said her boyfriend saw the child at about midnight when she got up and he told her to go back to bed. "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?" She has been missing from her home since Monday.

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