The Onslow County Sheriff's Office and the Federal Bureau of Investigation arrested 32-year-old Earl Kimrey late Friday in connection to the disappearance of Mariah Kay Woods, 3, who has been missing since Monday.
Mariah was reported missing Monday morning by her mother, who said she last saw her when she put her to bed the night before.
Newly released warrants from the Onslow County Sheriff's Office indicate that Kimery 'allegedly knowingly concealed the unnatural death of Mariah Woods, and secretly hid the child's body'.
Investigators have charged him with concealing death, obstruction of justice and other charges. Kimrey is being held in the Onslow County Detention Center under a $1,010,000 bond.
Authorities said they have not yet located Mariah's body, and the missing persons search that included Federal Bureau of Investigation agents and K-9 units will now shift to a recovery effort.
Since then, professional investigators and volunteers have fanned out across the woods near her home, neighbors have been asked to search their property and a dive team has searched a portion of Southwest Creek under U.S. Highway 17. Her biological father Alex Woods told WCTI 12 Tuesday that he found out his daughter was missing when the Amber Alert was issued and he hasn't seen her for about a year. The FBI said Thursday that it is testing "items of interest" at its lab in Quantico, Virginia.
Kristy, who this week disabled her Facebook account after posting the missing person's appeal for her daughter, claimed that Mariah was taken by a stranger.
People with surveillance footage near where a 3-year-old girl disappeared in eastern North Carolina are being urged to call police and share the video as they investigate the girl's death. Kimery told her the little girl woke up and he told her to go back to sleep. "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?" "We have got to bring her home", Miller said.
"Sadly, it was too late to save Mariah the moment the 911 call came in", said FBI Senior Resident Agent Stanley Meador.