The FBI believes they found the body of the 3-year-old Mariah Woods who has been missing since Monday. The body was found in a creek in Pender County, North Carolina. The spot is 25 miles away from her home in Jacksonville.
The Sheriff’s Office had announced before the body was uncovered, "Due to evidence gathered during the course of the investigation, it is believed that Mariah is deceased."
In regard to the new finding, the police have arrested 32-year-old Earl Kimrey, who has been living together with Mariah and her mom, Kristy Woods, and is believed to be one of the last people to have seen the girl. Mariah’s mother claims the last time she has seen her daughter was when she put her to bed the previous night. Since then, no one could find the girl.
The authorities are currently waiting for the results of the medical examination which will most likely confirm the identity of the body. The examination will also reveal the real cause of death, which the police think is unnatural.
FBI agent Stanley Meador told the news, "We put every resource we have into finding Mariah, to bring her home safely. Sadly, it was too late to save Mariah. ... The focus of this investigation has changed from a missing child to a homicide case."
The arrest warrant for Kimrey, Mariah’s mother’s boyfriend, included charges of "removing Mariah Woods' body from the scene of her death, and did conceal (the) death and body, knowing that (she) died from unnatural causes." At the moment, Kimrey is held at the Onslow County Detention Center, his bond is set at $1 million. Kimrey’s attorney is not rushing to answer calls from reporters, the investigation continues.