Officials have positively identified the remains of missing 3-year-old girl Mariah Woods in North Carolina, according to local media reports.
Mariah’s body was found in a creek about 25 miles from her home in Jacksonville, N.C. Her mother said that she last saw the girl at around 11 p.m. on Nov. 26, WNCN reported.
— Daily Mail US (@DailyMail) December 3, 2017
Her mother’s live-in boyfriend, 32-year-old Earl Kimrey, was charged with withholding information about her death and is being held on $1 million bond.
When she went missing, a large search effort was mounted involving state and local law enforcement as well as the FBI. Hundreds of volunteers also took part in the search.
The men and women of the FBI who worked around the clock with the Onslow County Sheriff's Office to search for Mariah Woods offer our deepest condolences to her family and community. #RIPMariah pic.twitter.com/9FYvKmKBuf
— FBI Charlotte (@FBICharlotte) December 3, 2017
Kimrey was charged with hiding the body and obstruction of justice.
Authorities have not revealed how the girl died, but prosecutors have said that more charges are possible, WNCN reported.
According to the New York Daily News, citing court documents, Mariah was abused by Kimrey. Her two brothers were also allegedly abused by the suspect, the documents said.
Mariah’s father, Alex Woods, previously NewsChannel 12 that he was not convinced that of his ex-partner’s story that Mariah was abducted.
“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?” Woods told the news station.
“Nobody heard anything? Four people in the house—two adults and two kids—someone just comes up and snatches the baby and walks out?” he added.
He told the news station that he was given legal custody of Mariah and her two brothers last year while child protection services investigated an incident involving their mother. He said he has not seen them since.
— FBI Most Wanted (@FBIMostWanted) November 28, 2017
Really? Yet he still was not locked up. Cps still let children be around him? New level of twisted #CPS #redflag #horror #deadbeats #EnoughIsEnough #Enough #babykillers #MariahWoods #Dateline #deathpenalty #SherinMathews cps stop killing children!! You're just as responsible CPS! pic.twitter.com/KheRIIYlAQ
— Reena Bana (@ReenaZaidi) December 2, 2017
With reporting by Janita Kan.
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