After Arrest, Cops Find Missing 3-Year-Old's Body

Police found Mariah Woods in a creek about 25 miles from NC home
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 2, 2017 8:46 AM CST
Updated Dec 3, 2017 9:05 AM CST
Arrest Made in Search for Missing 3-Year-Old
This photo provided by Onslow County Sheriff’s Office shows Earl Kimrey.   (Onslow County Sheriff’s Office via AP)

Tragic news in the case of Mariah Woods, the 3-year-old girl whose mother says she disappeared from her North Carolina home Sunday night: Police have recovered the toddler's body in a creek, reports the AP, barely a day after they arrested the mother's live-in boyfriend. Earl Kimrey, 32, was taken into custody Friday on charges including concealing a death and obstructing justice, ABC reports. He is in jail, with bail set at $1 million, and police say more charges are possible. Arrest warrants say that Kimrey, knowing Mariah died of non-natural causes, moved her body. "It was too late to save Mariah the moment the 911 call came in," an FBI agent said; the AP notes that police are being tight-lipped in the case. "The arrest warrants are public record and the records speaks for themselves. We will not discuss any details related to the homicide investigation."

Kimrey has an arrest record going back to 2005 for crimes including assault and larceny, WRAL reports. Other charges filed against him Friday include second-degree burglary and possession of stolen property. Mariah's mother told police that she last saw the little girl when she put her to bed Sunday night. An Amber Alert was issued after Mariah was reported missing early Monday. Authorities later determined a girl seen in surveillance images from a Walmart that morning was not the missing toddler. (More missing child stories.)

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