Mom's boyfriend arrested in missing Jacksonville toddler case

Mother's boyfriend is arrested in connection to disappearance of 3-year-old Mariah Woods and police believe she is dead

Mom's boyfriend arrested in missing Jacksonville toddler case

The Onslow County Sheriff's Office and the Federal Bureau of Investigation have arrested a man in connection with the disappearance of 3-year-old Mariah Woods.

Kimrey was described by authorities as the live-in boyfriend of the girl's mother, who reported Mariah missing on Monday morning after putting her to bed in their Jacksonville home the previous night.

The authorities said Kimrey faces charges of concealing of death, obstruction of justice, second-degree burglary, felony larceny and possession of stolen property.

Kimrey is now being held at the Onslow County Detention Center under a $1,010,000 bond.

Her mother told investigators that she last saw Mariah late Sunday night.

Officials now say the search for Mariah is now a recovery process.

Since then, professional investigators and volunteers have fanned out across the woods near her home, neighbors have been asked to search their property and a dive team has searched a portion of Southwest Creek under U.S. Highway 17.

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She called the sheriff's office around 6 a.m. Monday to report her missing, and an Amber Alert was issued that day.

They were sent straight to the FBI's base in Quantico, Virginia, for testing on Wednesday afternoon. The FBI later said the woman in the picture did not have any connection to their ongoing investigation to find Mariah. "We have got to bring her home", Miller said.

Kimrey lived with Mariah and her mother in Jacksonville.

Authorities have arrested a man in connection with the disappearance of a 3-year-old North Carolina girl. "Four people in the house, two adults and two kids, someone just comes up and snatches the baby and walks out?"

"Sadly, it was too late to save Mariah the moment the 911 call came in", said FBI Senior Resident Agent Stanley Meador. "She's my baby, she's my everything", said Kristy Woods in a press conference.

She claimed he saw her at 1am and told her to go back to bed. The missing child's case has shifted to a homicide case.

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