03 December, 2017
The live-in boyfriend of Mariah Woods' mother has been arrested in connection to the disappearance of the 3-year-old - and police believe the child is dead.
In a tearful television appearance on Tuesday, she said: 'Please, bring her back.
Authorities arrested a North Carolina man in connection to the disappearance of his girlfriend's 3-year-old daughter.
Investigators believe, due to evidence gathered, that Mariah is deceased.
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.More news: Trump hosts NCAA champions
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".
At a Thursday press conference, Federal Bureau of Investigation officials said that "items of interest" were taken to Quantico for testing that could "lead us to Mariah", but did not elaborate on what the items were, or where they were located. Police and the Federal Bureau of Investigation are no longer looking to find a missing little girl; they're trying to recover her body.
The Onslow County Sheriff's Office says 32-year-old Earl Kimrey is being held on more than $1 million bond in the Onslow County Detention Center on charges that include concealing a death and obstruction of justice.
In all, 730 volunteers joined law enforcement personnel in the search on Friday. Among them are the FBI's Child Abduction Rapid Deployment team and Team Adam from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.
The woman, Jetta Long, told the news station Wednesday morning that she was frustrated that the surveillance photos "may have gotten the hopes of the family up". ABC News reports that her mother reached out to the public in an emotion-filled plea Monday.
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. The missing child's case has shifted to a homicide case. The FBI said Thursday that it is testing "items of interest" at its lab in Quantico, Virginia.