JACKSONVILLE, N.C.-- Investigators have recovered remains believed to be 3-year old Mariah Woods in Shelter Creek along Shaw Highway in Pender County, North Carolina. Positive confirmation will be made by the medical examiner's office.
The whereabout of Mariah's body was unknown up to Saturday night. The Onslow County Sheriff's Office confirmed they have arrested and charged someone in the investigation.
Earl Kimrey, 32, was taken into custody Friday night. Kimrey is the boyfriend of Mariah's mother.
He faces several charges:
- Concealing of Death
- Obstruction of Justice,
- 2nd Degree Burglary
- Felony Larceny
- And Possession of Stolen Property
He is being held at the Onslow County Detention Center on a $1.01 million bond and due in court Monday at 8 a.m., according to the arrest warrants.
The FBI released the arrest documents to the media Saturday. It clearly points out their belief that Kimrey is involved with Mariah's death and the disposal of her body.
The warrants states Kimrey obstructed justice by removing Mariah Woods’ body from the scene of her death and did conceal Mariah Woods’ death and body, knowing that Mariah Woods died from unnatural causes. The defendant acted with deceit and intent to fraud.
"It also points out that Kimrey unlawfully, willfully and feloniously did with intent to conceal the death of a child, Mariah Woods, failed to notify a law enforcement authority of the death of Mariah Woods, and secretly disposed of the dead child's body, knowing, and having reason to know the body and human remains of Mariah Woods are of a person that did not die of natural causes."
In a separate warrant Kimrey is accused of breaking into a woman's house and stealing two dressers valued at $40.00. Investigators have not revealed how the break-in is connected to the Mariah's disappearance.
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