Mariah Woods Mother’s Boyfriend Is Arrested

Mariah Woods’ live-in boyfriend has been arrested in connection with the missing three-year-old’s death.

Earl Kimrey, 32, was arrested for concealing a death and obstruction of justice. The police in Jacksonville, North Carolina, have not found Mariah’s body but they say they now believe she is dead.

Kimrey and her mother Kristy Woods told police she was the last see her at around midnight on Sunday. The toddler has been missing since 6 a.m. on Monday. They both reported that they told her to go back to bed the evening before. They went to her bedroom the next day and she was gone.

Saturday, in the early morning hours, Kimrey was brought before a magistrate and charged with concealing a death, obstruction of justice, burglary, larceny and possession of stolen property.

Although his arrest warrant does not explicitly say that he killed her, however, it alleges that he moved her lifeless body because he knew her death was not from natural causes.

He is being held in county jail on a bond of $1,010,000.

Alex Woods, the girl’s biological father said he did not believe Kimrey’s story. Woods, who has not seen his daughter for a year, despite claiming to have visitation rights, said he had been trying to get Mariah out of the home but that he could not afford a lawyer.

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Earl Kimrey has been arrested in the disappearance of his girlfriend Kristy’s three-year-old daughter Mariah Woods. Kimrey (left) said he was the last to see Mariah (right) before she vanished on Monday

The Onslow County Sheriff’s Office said they now believe firmly that Mariah is dead but that they do not know where her body is.

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

‘At this time, the location of Mariah is unknown. The searches will now shift to a recovery process,’ they said.

Kimrey was the last person to see Mariah alive on Monday night at around midnight, is now being held under $1,010,000 bond at the Onslow County Detention Center.

His long criminal history includes charges of larceny, assault, threats to government and being drunk and disorderly.

The charges date back to 2002, stretch over several counties and two states.

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Police and volunteers turned out in their hundreds on Friday to search for Mariah who, at that time, was still hoped to have been alive

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An organizer for the National Center for Exploited and Missing Children speaks to volunteers on Friday before they went out to look for the girl

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700 members of the public turned out to help police search for the girl on Friday. Local sheriffs had to begin turning some away because the crowds were too big to organize

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Investigators asked for volunteers who could search rough terrain as they continued their search on Friday

On Friday, social services would not confirm whether they had ever investigated Kimrey or the home where Mariah was living. Their spokesman refused to answer if there had ever been reported concerns about the family and said the information was confidential.

Investigators have now turned their missing persons search into a body recovery mission. On Friday, 700 local volunteers turned out with the hope of finding the girl alive.

‘Items of interest’ which the FBI sent to its lab in Quantico, have still not been revealed.

The items were sent directly to the FBI’s base in Virginia for testing on Wednesday afternoon.

Agents were seen searching the trailer where Mariah lived with her 29-year-old mother Kristy, her older brothers and Kimrey.

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

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Kimrey (above with Mariah’s mother Kristy) told police he was the last to see Mariah alive

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Kristy Woods’s boyfriend Earl Kimrey has been arrested in connection with the disappearance of Mariah (pictured Kristy and Mariah)

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A forensics agent is pictured searching underneath the trailer where Mariah Woods was last seen alive on Wednesday

‘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?

‘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.

Woods said that he had been trying to win sole custody of Mariah and her older brothers but said he could not afford a lawyer.

Kristy disabled her Facebook account after posting the missing person’s appeal for her daughter claiming that Mariah was taken by a stranger.

Kristy said in a tearful television appearance on Tuesday, ‘Please, bring her back.’

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Suspicious: Mariah’s biological father Alex, who has not seen her for more than a year, said he did not believe Kimrey’s story that his daughter was abducted by a stranger. He is pictured with his wife Heather earlier this week

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Kristy made a tearful appeal to her daughter’s abductor earlier in the week and begged for her to be brought back

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Mariah is pictured with her mother, mother’s boyfriend, and her two older brothers. Her biological father says he has been trying to get sole custody of the children for years

‘I love her. I’ll do anything that I can, whatever you want. Please just bring her back safe and sound – she’s my baby, she’s my everything.’

When Kristy called the police to report her missing on Monday, she claimed she had not been seen since midnight when she checked on her, and that her boyfriend Earl was the last person to see Mariah alive. She claimed he saw her at 1 am and told her to go back to bed. At some point in the five hours between then, she said someone abducted the child – who has a walking impediment – from her bedroom.

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The trailer in Jacksonville, North Carolina, where Mariah was living with her mother and Kimrey

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