It’s unfortunate that the 3-year-old North Carolina toddler has been found dead. The body of the missing girl was found in a creek less than a day after her mother's boyfriend was charged with hiding her body after knowing she didn't die of natural causes.
Strangely, investigators have stayed tight-lipped over what happened to Mariah Woods. However, they left little doubt Earl Kimrey knew how she died and was trying to cover it up. Kimrey was charged late Friday with concealing of death.
"It was too late to save Mariah the moment the 911 call came in," FBI agent Stanley Meador said of the call the girl's mother made Monday to report her missing. "The arrest warrants are public record and the records speaks for themselves. We will not discuss any details related to the homicide investigation."
The arrest warrants indicate that Kimrey removed the girl's body from the place where she died and knew that her death was not natural. After a period of sixteen hours following the announcement of Kimrey's arrest, Onslow County Sheriff Hans Miller said the girl's body was found by dive teams around 5:30 p.m. Saturday.
It turns out that the body was in a creek in Pender County about 25 miles from the home Mariah shared with Kimrey in Jacksonville, FBI spokeswoman Shelley Lynch said in a statement with few other details. The medical examiner still needs to identify the body, but investigators are confident it is Mariah, Lynch said.
Mariah's mother said she last saw her daughter when she put her to bed Sunday night. Kristy Woods made tearful pleas for her daughter's return. "This is my world, this is my angel," she said. Earl Kimrey has also been charged with obstruction of justice, second-degree burglary, felony larceny and possession of stolen property. The prosecutors are reviewing whether additional charges should be filed against him.
There has been an ongoing custody dispute between Mariah's father and her mother. The father has strongly criticized her version of the story. He said: "Someone just walked right up in there, grabbed the 3-year-old out of the bed and she didn't cry, she didn't scream?" Woods told WCTI-TV in New Bern earlier in the week. "Nobody heard anything? Four people in the house, two adults and two kids someone just comes up and snatches the baby and walks out?"