NC Police: Missing three-year-old girl is believed to be dead

The Onslow County Sheriff's Office has arrested a man in connection to the disappearance of 3-year-old Mariah Woods. WITN is reporting Kimrey is the live-in boyfriend of Mariah Woods' mother.

Kimrey, who was in the Onslow County Detention Center on a $1 million bond, faces charges of concealing a death, obstruction of justice, second-degree burglary, larceny and possession of stolen property.

Newly released warrants from the Onslow County Sheriff's Office indicate that Kimery 'allegedly knowingly concealed the unnatural death of Mariah Woods, and secretly hid the child's body'.

Arrest warrants obtained by CBS North Carolina report Kimrey 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".

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.

The statement says investigators think the girl is dead, but didn't say how she might have been killed.

Onslow County Sheriff Hans Miller talked during a news conference about Mariah Woods, who vanished November 27 from her home on High Hill Road.

Mother's boyfriend is arrested in connection to disappearance of 3-year-old Mariah Woods and police believe she is dead
NC Police: Missing three-year-old girl is believed to be dead

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

The FBI says more than 700 people came to join in the search for a missing North Carolina child.

Due to evidence gathered during the course of the investigation, the Sheriff's Office said it believes Mariah is deceased. On Friday morning, the search for 3-year-old Mariah intensified with a renewed effort that included hundreds of volunteers.

A statement from the Federal Bureau of Investigation said Friday's initial search finished more quickly than anticipated because of the number of people who turned out.

Also, FBI agents searched a landfill.

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. The missing child's case has shifted to a homicide case.

The FBI says they have been sending "items of interest" to their lab in Quantico, Virginia, for priority testing in the case.

  • Santos West