Mom's boyfriend arrested as authorities say missing 3-year-old assumed dead

Body of missing North Carolina girl presumably found

A 32-year-old man has been arrested in connection with the disappearance of 3-year-old Mariah Woods, who is believed to be dead, North Carolina authorities and the Federal Bureau of Investigation announced early Saturday.

The Onslow County sheriff's deputies and the Federal Bureau of Investigation have arrested Earl Kimrey, 32, the live-in boyfriend of the child's mother.

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

Mariah's mother told the Onslow County Sheriff's Office that she last saw her daughter at their family home, at 2404 Dawson Cabin Road in Jacksonville, on Sunday night when she put her to bed.

Kristy called police to report her missing on Monday at 6am. WCTI spoke with a 23-year-old Newport, North Carolina woman Wednesday who said she was the woman pictured in the surveillance photos. "Our search for Mariah is not over", Miller said. He is being held at the Onslow County Detention Center under a $1,010,000 bond.

NBC affiliate WRAL that Kimrey lived in the home with Mariah and her mother.

Onslow County Sheriff Hans Miller said at a news conference that deputies are just as determined to bring the girl home as they were when it was still possible she was alive.

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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".

Authorities believe Mariah is dead, but her body has not been found.

A statement issued by the Sheriff's Office says the child, Mariah Woods, is believed to be dead.

The statement did not indicate whether Kimrey had a lawyer or if anyone else could also be charged. Woods said her boyfriend, Kimrey, also checked on her around midnight.

Authorities have arrested a man in connection with the disappearance of a 3-year-old North Carolina girl.

FBI Special Agent-in-Charge Stanley Meador said authorities spent days searching by foot, boat and in the water for any leads. "Four people in the house, two adults and two kids, someone just comes up and snatches the baby and walks out?"

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