Body found in creek believed to be missing 3-year-old

Memorial set up for Mariah Woods not far from her house in Onslow County

Memorial set up for Mariah Woods not far from her house in Onslow County

Authorities believe they have found the body of Mariah Woods, a 3-year-old eastern North Carolina girl missing for more than five days, the Federal Bureau of Investigation said Saturday.

Sheriff Hans Miller said investigators recovered a body around 5:30 p.m. Saturday in Shelter Creek along Shaw Highway in Pender County.

Kimrey was described by authorities as the live-in boyfriend of the girl's mother, who reported Mariah missing Monday morning after putting her to bed in their Jacksonville home the previous night.

Kimrey is now being held on charges of concealing a death, obstruction of justice, and, according to reports, additional charges could be filed. "The focus of this investigation has changed from a missing child to a homicide case".

"I'm very saddened to report to you that we have recovered what we believe are the remains of little Mariah Wood", Miller said.

Ernie Lee, the Onslow County District Attorney, added,"It's been a very hard week, it's been a trying week, it's been a challenging week".

Positive confirmation of the body will be made by the medical examiner's office.

According to the arrest warrant obtained by PEOPLE, police allege that Kimrey removed Mariah's body from the scene of her death and concealed her death and body.

32-year-old Earl Kinney, the boyfriend of the little girl's mother, is charged in connection with her death.

Kimrey is charged with concealing a death, obstruction of justice, second degree burglary, felony larceny and possession of stolen property. Additional charges are pending, according to KSAT.

"Sadly it was too late to save Mariah the moment the 911 call came in", FBI Senior Agent Stanley Meador said.

"Ultimately regardless of what we think or the speculation, it's about Mariah". "This is my world, this is my angel", she said.

"It does not appear that they are related to this case, but they will be collected and turned over to investigative teams for further review so that we are 100 percent certain", he added.

"It's unreal. It's a nightmare", Alex told local TV station WCTI-12 on Tuesday.

"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?"

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