The Search For Mariah Woods Latest: Remains Found Believed To Be Missing NC 3-year-Old
JACKSONVILLE, N.C — Investigators have recovered the remains believed to be missing 3-year-old Mariah Woods.
The remains were found in Shelter Creek along Shaw Highway in Pender County, North Carolina.
Authorities say a positive confirmation will be made by the medical examiner’s office.
JACKSONVILLE, N.C. — An arrest has been made in connection with the disappearance of three-year-old Mariah Woods, from her home in Onslow County, North Carolina.
Authorities say they are now treating Mariah Woods’ disappearance as a homicide investigation.
Investigators with the Onslow County Sheriff’s Office and the FBI say Earl Kimrey, 32, has been arrested and charged with Concealing Death, Obstruction of Justice, Second Degree Burglary, Felony Larceny, and Possession of Stolen Property.
Authorities believe Mariah Woods is dead due to evidence gathered during the investigation. The search for the child is now shifting to a recovery process.
Officials have included an area of Pender County in the search as well.
Warrants say Kimrey tried to conceal Woods’ death by disposing of the body because he knew she did not die of natural causes.
Reports indicate Kimrey is the live-in boyfriend of Mariah Woods’ mother. He is being held at the Onslow County Detention Center under a $1,010, 000 bond.
Anyone with information should contact Onslow County Sheriff’s Office at 910-455- 3113 or
Crime Stoppers at 910-938- 3273.
Officials say more than 700 volunteers came out Friday morning to participate in a search for 3-year-old Mariah Woods.
The search Friday morning included people on foot, as well as officials on horseback and in boats. Officials say the New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office also searched a local creek using underwater sonar.
A few items were flagged by volunteers, according to reports, but investigators say they are not believed to be related to Woods’ disappearance. Additional “items of interest” were also sent to Quantico for testing.
Officials were able to search several areas Friday faster than expected thanks to the large turnout and support brought by the community.
No additional volunteer searches planned at this time, officials say, but a statement will be issued should that change.
On Thursday afternoon, members of the FBI and Onslow County Sheriff’s Office spoke about ongoing efforts to find Mariah Woods, 3, who has been missing since Sunday night.
During the news conference, officials said they have added additional resources including personnel, horses, and boats to aid in the search. Plans are also being finalized for a volunteer search party that will begin Friday morning, Dec. 1st, in Jacksonville, NC.
Anyone wishing to assist in the search is asked to arrive at the Dawson Community Church located at 2311 Dawson Cabin Road between 8am and 9am.
Watch the full news conference below.
Officials say the child is not Mariah Woods and the woman is not connected to the case in any way.
During a news conference Wednesday afternoon, the FBI said agents and investigators from more than 14 local, state, and federal agencies have conducted roughly 100 interviews and followed up on over 140 leads so far in their search for Mariah. Over 225 investigators, agents, and law enforcement employees are also working around the clock to help bring her home.
Officials also said Team Adam from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children were assisting in the search, and plans for a volunteer search are being put together but will take a lot to organize.
In the meantime, citizens are being asked to search areas around their own homes for any clues. Anyone who finds anything out of the ordinary should contact local law enforcement.
Anyone who may have come in contact with Mariah’s immediate family on Sunday, November 26th through Monday, November 27th is also being asked to call the Onslow County Sheriff’s Office at 910-455-3113 so they can establish as detailed a timeline as possible for Mariah’s disappearance.
Mariah’s mother says she last saw her daughter around 11pm Sunday when she put her to bed at their home on Dawson Cabin Road.
“She’s a sweet child, but she is shy with strangers, so she wouldn’t just go with a stranger”, said Mariah’s mother.
Family members told investigators that the door was unlocked, but they think it would be hard for Mariah to wonder away because she wears orthopedic braces on both feet.
Mariah is described as a white female, around 2 feet 9 inches tall, weighing 30 pounds, with brown hair, and blue eyes.
Anyone with any information, no matter how big or small, regarding this case is asked to call the Onslow County Sheriff immediately at 910-455-3113, or call 911 or *HP.