Earl Kimrey arrested in case of missing 3-year-old Mariah Woods

Earl Kimrey and Mariah Woods (Credit:Wood's family photo and Onslow County Sheriff's Office Photo)

ONSLOW COUNTY, N.C. (WCTI) - One of the worst fears of those searching for and concerned for a missing 3-year-old girl have unfortunately come true.

The Onslow County Sheriff's Office and the FBI announced an arrest has been made in connection with the disappearance of 3-year-old Mariah Woods. Earl Kimrey, 32, was taken into custody by investigators at the Onslow County Sheriff's Office on Friday. Kimrey is the live-in boyfriend of Mariah Woods' mother, Kristy Woods.

Kimrey was taken before a state magistrate and charged with:

-- Concealing of Death

-- Obstruction of Justice

-- Second Degree Burglary

-- Felony Larceny

-- Possession of Stolen Property

According to a press release from the FBI, Kimrey is currently being held in the Onslow County Detention Center under a $1,010,000 bond. District Attorney Ernie Lee has been consulted on the current charges and additional charges could be pending as the investigation continues.

Due to evidence gathered during the course of the investigation, it is believed that Mariah Woods is deceased. At this time, the location of Mariah Woods is unknown. The searches will now shift to a recovery process, according to the press release.

Kimrey has a criminal history that dates back to 2005, a larceny conviction in Alamance County. He was given probation and a suspended jail sentence. He was convicted in Onslow County in 2012 of assault or threatening of a government official and being drunk and disorderly. He was given probation and a suspended sentence. In 2015, he was convicted of larceny, this time in Brunswick County. He was given probation and a suspended sentence.

Anyone with information should contact Onslow County Sheriff's Office at (910) 455-3113 or Crime Stoppers at (910) 938-3273.

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