Remains found in North Carolina believed to be those of missing girl

Remains found in North Carolina believed to be those of missing girl

Remains found in North Carolina believed to be those of missing girl

Authorities say they found remains Saturday believed to be those of the little girl who was reported missing Monday.

Saturday Onslow County Sheriff Hans Miller announced that law enforcement officials have found what appears to be the body of missing three-year-old Mariah Woods.

Mariah Woods was last seen when her mother put her to bed on Sunday at their home in Pender County, North Carolina.

Kimrey is now being held on charges of concealing a death, obstruction of justice, and, according to reports, additional charges could be filed.

The Onslow County Sheriff's Office and Federal Bureau of Investigation revealed on Saturday evening that Mariah Woods' body was recovered by a Fayetteville Police dive team in Shelter Creek in Pender County, ABC News has confirmed. In a press conference on Saturday, FBI officials called the search for Mariah "a homicide investigation".

"I'll do anything that I can, whatever you want", Kristy said, according to WNCN.

On Friday, however, police had determined the 3-year-old was dead and Saturday police arrested Woods' boyfriend, 32-year-old Earl Kimrey, in connection with her disappearance.

The FBI said they are awaiting results from the medical examiner's office for positive confirmation. He is charged with concealing of death, obstruction of justice, second-degree burglary, felony larceny and possession of stolen property. Additional charges are pending, according to KSAT. State records show that Kimrey had previously been charged with a series of small crimes dating back to 2005, the station said.

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

Kristy Woods made tearful pleas for her daughter's return.

Angela Wiles, who started the memorial, said she felt compelled to start the memorial so that the community would focus on memorial instead of the suspect arrested for her death.

We will have more details as they become available.

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

"Somebody just walks right in there, grabs a 3-year-old out of the bed, she didn't cry, she didn't scream?" he told WTVR.

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