Federal Bureau of Investigation makes arrest in disappearance of 3-year-old NC girl

Mother's boyfriend is arrested in connection to disappearance of 3-year-old Mariah Woods and police believe she is dead

Federal Bureau of Investigation makes arrest in disappearance of 3-year-old NC girl

JACKSONVILLE, N.C (WNCT)- The Onslow County Sheriff's Office and the Federal Bureau of Investigation have made an arrest in connection with the disappearance of 3-year-old Mariah Woods.

Kimrey was described by authorities as the live-in boyfriend of the girl's mother, who reported Mariah missing on Monday morning after putting her to bed in their Jacksonville home the previous night.

The Onslow County Sheriff's Office said in a statement that Kimrey, of Jacksonville, North Carolina, was arrested late Friday on charges that include concealing a death and obstruction of justice.

Investigators think the girl is dead, but they have not found her body, the sheriff's office said in a statement that did not say how authorities think the girl was killed.

The FBI released this photo of Mariah Woods, who was reporting missing on November 27, 2017.

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.

Kimrey is now being held in the Onslow County Detention Center under a $1,010,000 bond.

Woods' mother, Kristy Woods, told WITN-TV in Greenville that she last saw her daughter at about 11 p.m. Sunday when she checked on her.

It has been five days since the little girl vanished from her home in the dead of night.

Arrest warrants say a man took the body of his girlfriend's 3-year-old daughter from where she died, knowing her death was not natural.

The FBI, which was also at the news conference, said that two areas in Pender County were now part of the focus of the search. We have got to find her. She said her boyfriend saw the child at about midnight when she got up and he told her to go back to bed. Prosecutors are reviewing whether additional charges should be filed. The FBI also joined the search for Mariah. Once they realized she was missing, the couple said they called authorities. "Nobody heard anything? Four people in the house, two adults and two kids someone just comes up and snatches the baby and walks out?"

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