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

03 December 2017

Earl Kimrey, 32, believed to be the boyfriend of the child's mother, was apprehended Friday, the Onslow County Sheriff's Department and Federal Bureau of Investigation announced early Saturday. He is charged with concealing of death, obstruction, second-degree burglary, felony larceny and possession of stolen property.

32-year-old Earl Kimrey was taken into custody by investigators at the Onslow County Sheriff's Office Friday.

Woods was reported missing Monday morning.

Investigators posted, "Due to evidence gathered during the course of the investigation, it is believed that Mariah is deceased".

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"It does not appear that they are related to this case, but they will be collected and turned over to investigative teams for further review so that we are 100 percent certain", he added.

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

Mariah's family has said that the 3-year-old struggles to get around on her own and wears leg braces for assistance.

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

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The sheriff said Wilmington Police Department officers and e New Hanover County Sheriff's deputies were searching on horseback, and boats from the North Carolina Division of Marine Fisheries were in on the search. Deputies did not release any details on how she may have died. "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". Additional charges are pending.

"Sadly, it was too late to save Mariah the moment the 911 call came in", said FBI Senior Resident Agent Stanley Meador.

Authorities have arrested a man in connection with the disappearance of a 3-year-old North Carolina girl. Woods said her boyfriend, Kimrey, also checked on her around midnight.

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