A day after North Carolina deputies arrested the missing 3-year-old’s mother’s boyfriend, they found the toddler’s corpse.
The Onslow County Sheriff’s Office and FBI revealed on Saturday evening that Mariah Woods’ body was extricated by a Fayetteville Police dive team in Shelter Creek in Pender County, ABC News confirmed.
The news comes after Earl Kimrey, 32, was arrested by investigators at the Onslow County Sheriff’s Office on Friday in connection with the disappearance of the Woods.
The 3-year-old who went missing from her home in North Carolina last Sunday, officials announced Saturday morning, adding that they believe she is deceased.
“Due to evidence gathered during the course of the investigation, it is believed that Mariah is deceased,” the FBI and the Onslow County Sheriff’s Office said in a statement on Friday. “At this time, the location of Mariah is unknown. The searches will now shift to a recovery process.”
Earl Kimrey, the live-in boyfriend of the girl’s mother, was taken into custody on Friday, the FBI and the Onslsecond-degreeriff’s Office said in a statement.
He was charged with concealing of death, obstruction of justice, second degree burglary, felon larceny and possession of stolen property.
Kimrey is currently being held in the Onslow County Detention Center under a $1,010,000 bond. Additional charges could be pending as the investigation continues, officials said.