Man charged with hiding death of missing N Carolina girl

Mother's boyfriend is arrested in connection to disappearance of 3-year-old Mariah Woods and police believe she is dead
Man charged with hiding death of missing N Carolina girl

03 December, 2017

The sheriff's office says the search for Mariah is now a recovery process.

Onslow County deputies say they have not found Mariah Woods' body and will continue to search the eastern North Carolina woods with hundreds of volunteers.

Kimrey removed the girl's body from the place where she died and knew her death was not natural, according to arrest warrants. Police and the Federal Bureau of Investigation are no longer looking to find a missing little girl; they're trying to recover her body. We have got to find her. But it is still extremely important that we find her. It was unlikely she would simply wander off, family members said, and if she did, she wouldn't get far.

Federal Bureau of Investigation agent Stanley Meador on Saturday asked businesses or residents who live on U.S. Highway 17 or state Highway 53 in Onslow and Pender counties to call police if they have surveillance cameras. After several days of searching, officials said they arrested the mother's live-in boyfriend, 32-year-old Early Kimrey and charged him with multiple offenses, including concealing a death, obstruction of justice and burglary.

The FBI released this photo of Mariah Woods, who was reporting missing on November 27, 2017.

At some point in the five hours between then, she said someone abducted the child - who has a walking impediment - from her bedroom.

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

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Neither Miller nor Meador would give details about what led them to arrest Kimrey, 32. They added that additional charges could be filed against Kimrey.

The statement did not say if Kimrey has a lawyer.

Mariah's father, who has been involved in a custody dispute with her mother, has criticized her version of events.

'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? On Thursday, Miller called on civilians to join law enforcement in the land and air search for 3-year-old Mariah Woods.

'Nobody heard anything? Four people in the house, two adults and two kids, someone just comes up and snatches the baby and walks out?', Alex Woods said.

The FBI, which was also at the news conference, said that two areas in Pender County were now part of the focus of the search.

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