Mariah Woods' mother's live-in boyfriend is arrested and charged with her death five days after saying he was the last to see the three-year-old alive - but police have not found her body
- Earl Kimrey, 32, was arrested in the early hours of Saturday in Jacksonville, North Carolina?
- His girlfriend's daughter Mariah Woods has been missing from their home since Monday?
- Kimrey, who has been in jail for theft and assault, said he was the last to see her?
- Police have not recovered a body but they are now confident Mariah is dead?
- His arrest warrant says he moved her dead body and knew her death was not natural?
- It does not go as far as to say that he himself killed the three-year-old ?
- The toddler's biological father said earlier this week that he did not believe she was abducted by a stranger, as Kimrey and her mother had claimed?
- Kimrey was arrested for concealing a death and obstruction of justice??
The live-in boyfriend of Mariah Woods' mother has been arrested in connection with the missing three-year-old's death.
In the early hours of Saturday morning, Earl Kimrey, 32, was arrested for concealing a death and obstruction of justice.?
Police in Jacksonville, North Carolina, have not found Mariah's body but they say they now believe she is dead.?
The toddler has been missing since 6am on Monday. Kimrey and her mother Kristy Woods told police he was the last to have seen her at around midnight on Sunday.?
They said he told her to go back to bed and that when they went to her bedroom the next day, she was gone.?
In the early hours of Saturday, Kimrey was brought before a magistrate to be charged with concealing a death, obstruction of justice, burglary, larceny and possession of stolen property.?
His arrest warrant does not explicitly say that he has killed her but alleges that he moved her lifeless body when he knew her death was not from natural causes.?
He is now being held in county jail on a bond of $1,010,000.?
Days ago, the girl's biological father Alex Woods said he did not believe Kimrey's story that Mariah was abducted by a stranger.?
Woods, who has not seen her for a year despite claiming to have visitation rights, said he had been trying to get Mariah out of the home but that he could not afford a lawyer.??
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Earl Kimrey has been arrested in the disappearance of his girlfriend Kristy's three-year-old daughter Mariah Woods. Kimrey (left) said he was the last to see Mariah (right) before she vanished on Monday?
In a statement in the early hours of Saturday, the Onslow County Sheriff's Office said they now believe firmly that Mariah is dead but that they do not know where her body is.?
'Due to evidence gathered during the course of the investigation, it is believed that Mariah is deceased.?
'At this time, the location of Mariah is unknown. The searches will now shift to a recovery process,' they said.?
Kimrey, who said he was the last person to see Mariah alive on Monday night at around midnight,?is being held under $1,010,000 bond at the Onslow County Detention Center.?
He has a long criminal history which includes charges for larceny, assault, threats to government and being drunk and disorderly.?
The charges date back to 2002. They stretch over several counties and two states.??
Police and volunteers turned out in their hundreds on Friday to search for Mariah who, at that time, was still hoped to have been alive?
An organizer for the National Center for Exploited and Missing Children speaks to volunteers on Friday before they went out to look for the girl?
700 members of the public turned out to help police search for the girl on Friday. Local sheriffs had to begin turning some away because the crowds were too big to organize?
Investigators asked for volunteers who could search rough terrain as they continued their search on Friday?
Social services would not confirm on Friday whether they had ever investigated Kimrey or the home where Mariah was living.
A spokesman refused when asked by DailyMail.com if there had ever been reported concerns about the family and said the information was confidential.?
Investigators have ?now turned their missing persons search into a body recovery mission. ?
On Friday, 700 local volunteers turned out to join in. At the time, they were still hoping to find the girl alive.
'Items of interest' which the FBI sent to its lab in Quantico earlier in the week have still not been revealed. ??
They were sent straight to the FBI's base in Virginia for testing on Wednesday afternoon.?
Earlier that day, agents were seen searching the trailer where Mariah lived with her 29-year-old mother Kristy, her older brothers and Kimrey.?
It has been five days since the little girl vanished from her home in the dead of night.
Earlier this week, Mariah's?biological father, who has not seen her for more than a year, said he did not believe she was abducted.
Kimrey (above with Mariah's mother Kristy) told police he was the last to see Mariah alive?
Kristy Woods's boyfriend Earl Kimrey has been arrested in connection to the disappearance of Mariah (pictured Kristy and Mariah)
A forensics agent is pictured searching underneath the trailer where Mariah Woods was last seen alive on Wednesday
'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?
'Nobody heard anything? Four people in the house, two adults and two kids, someone just comes up and snatches the baby and walks out?', Alex Woods said.?
He added that he had been trying to win sole custody of Mariah and her older brothers but said he could not afford a lawyer. ?
Kristy, who this week disabled her Facebook account after posting the missing person's appeal for her daughter, claimed that Mariah was taken by a stranger.
In a tearful television appearance on Tuesday, she said: 'Please, bring her back.?
Suspicious: Mariah's biological father Alex, who has not seen her for more than a year, said he did not believe Kimrey's story that his daughter was abducted by a stranger. He is pictured with his wife Heather earlier this week?
Kristy made a tearful appeal to her daughter's abductor earlier in the week and begged for her to be brought back?
Mariah is pictured with her mother, mother's boyfriend, and her two older brothers. Her biological father says he has been trying to get sole custody of the children for years?
'I love her. I'll do anything that I can, whatever you want.?
'Please just bring her back safe and sound – she's my baby, she's my everything.'?
Kristy called police to report her missing on Monday at 6am. S
he claimed she had not been seen since midnight, when she checked on her, and that her boyfriend Earl was the last person to see Mariah alive.
She claimed he saw her at 1am and told her to go back to bed.?
At some point in the five hours between then, she said someone abducted the child - who has a walking impediment - from her bedroom.?
The trailer in Jacksonville, North Carolina, where Mariah was living with her mother and Kimrey?
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