ONSLOW COUNTY, N.C. -- A homicide investigation is underway following the disappearance of a three-year-old girl in North Carolina, according to the FBI Saturday afternoon.
The Onslow County Sheriff’s Office and the FBI took 32-year-old Earl Kimrey into custody on Friday. He's believed to be the live-in boyfriend of Mariah Woods' mother, and one of the last people to have seen the little girl who was reported missing Monday.
Investigators said evidence gathered indicates Mariah is deceased. The missing child's case has shifted to a homicide case.
Newly released warrants from the Onslow County Sheriff’s Office indicate that Kimery 'allegedly knowingly concealed the unnatural death of Mariah Woods, and secretly hid the child's body.'
Kimrey is charged with Concealing of Death, Obstruction of Justice, 2nd Degree Burglary, Felony Larceny and Possession of Stolen Property.
According to the arrest warrant, Kimerly stole two dressers from a home on the 700 block of High Hill Road in Jacksonville, N.C.
He's being held in the Onslow County Detention Center under a $1,010,000 bond.
The district attorney said additional charges could be pending.
Anyone with information should contact the sheriff’s office at 910-455-3113 or Crime Stoppers at 910-938-3273.
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