Arrest made after missing North Carolina girl presumed dead

Arrest made after missing North Carolina girl presumed dead

Arrest made after missing North Carolina girl presumed dead

Federal Bureau of Investigation spokeswoman Shelley Lynch confirmed in an email Saturday that 32-year-old Earl Kimrey was living with 3-year-old Mariah Woods and her family when she disappeared almost a week ago.

Authorities say the man charged in the disappearance of a young North Carolina girl is the boyfriend of the child's mother. Woods told WCTI-TV in New Bern earlier in the week.

The FBI said in a statement on Friday that the search for Mariah Woods took deputies from the New Hanover County Sheriff's Office to a local creek, where they used sonar.

Investigators posted, "Due to evidence gathered during the course of the investigation, it is believed that Mariah is deceased".

North Carolina investigators believe a three-year-old girl, who went missing last week, is dead.

Federal Bureau of Investigation spokeswoman Shelley Lynch confirmed Kimrey lived with Mariah and her mother.

The warrant says that Mariah died of "unnatural causes" and that Kimrey "acted with deceit and intent to defraud but doesn't provide additional details about how Mariah died". Deputies did not release any details on how she may have died.

Earl Kimrey, 32, was arrested Friday and charged with concealing of death, obstruction of justice, second-degree burglary, felony larceny and possession of stolen property, police said.

She was allegedly abducted from a home on the 2400 block of Dawson Cabin Road in Jacksonville, according to an Amber Alert issued Monday, when she was reported missing.

In all, 730 volunteers joined law enforcement personnel in the search on Friday. "Some people may not have been home when we tried to talk to them, we will continue to contact everyone to determine if they have any information that can help us find Mariah". Once they realized she was missing, the couple said they called authorities. "This is my world, this is my angel", she said. The FBI said Thursday that it is testing "items of interest" at its lab in Quantico, Virginia.

Authorities said they have been using all means necessary to find Mariah including ground searches assist by a helicopter and K9 units - so far, officials have covered 100 acres. The missing child's case has shifted to a homicide case.

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