Arrest made in Mariah Woods disappearance; missing girl believed to be deceased

Ray Weaver
December 3, 2017

On Friday, Onslow County Sheriff Hans Miller said he was "overwhelmed" by the outpouring of support from the community and nearby military members, who came out to assist in the search for Mariah. The search is now shifting to recovery efforts.

Kimrey allegedly "failed to notify a law enforcement authority of the death of Mariah Woods, and secretly disposed of the dead child's body", according to the warrant. He is being held at the Onslow County Detention Center under a $1,010,000 bond. The search for Mariah entered a fifth day Friday.

Saturday afternoon, officials said they were still searching for Mariah Woods, but believed she was dead.

Mariah was last seen Sunday night when her mother, Kristy Woods, put the girl to bed, according to the sheriff's officeh.

The statement says investigators think the girl is dead, but didn't say how she might have been killed.

WCTI spoke with a 23-year-old Newport, North Carolina woman Wednesday who said she was the woman pictured in the surveillance photos.

'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? Dive teams have been searching Southwest Creek in Onslow County, Meador said, which is about 3 miles away from where the family lives. The FBI later said the woman in the picture did not have any connection to their ongoing investigation to find Mariah.

Onslow County Sheriff Hans Miller talked during a news conference about Mariah Woods, who vanished November 27 from her home on High Hill Road.

Residents were moved to action following Woods' public appeals for help in the search for her "very sweet, loving girl" with blue eyes and long brown hair. Please just bring her back safe and sound - she's my baby, she's my everything'.

Also, FBI agents searched a landfill. She told police that she went to her room again Monday morning after 6 a.m., and she was gone. The missing child's case has shifted to a homicide case.

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