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Missing 3-Year-Old North Carolina Girl Believed Dead; Mother's Boyfriend Arrested

Missing 3-Year-Old North Carolina Girl Believed Dead; Mother's Boyfriend Arrested

Authorities said Saturday afternoon it was with "deep sadness" that they believed a missing 3-year-old North Carolina girl was dead. Kimrey is Mariah's mother's boyfriend, according to multiple media reports.

Kimrey is charged with concealing death, obstruction of justice, second degree burglary, felony larceny and posession of stolen property.

Investigators think the girl is dead, but they have not found her body, the sheriff's office said in a statement that did not say how authorities think the girl was killed. Woods reported Mariah missing about 6 a.m. Monday, when an Amber Alert was issued.

Mariah was last seen Sunday night when her mother, Kristy Woods, put the girl to bed, according to the sheriff's officeh. Jetta Long revealed that her daughter was born with a shortened leg, so she said she understood how her little girl could have been mistaken for the missing toddler. "The searches will now shift to a recovery process", the statement said.

Kimrey is being held on a more than one million dollar bond. Deputies did not release any details on how she may have died. She says Kimery, saw the child later that night.

Investigators believe that Mariah is deceased due to evidence gathered throughout the investigation. On Thursday, Miller called on civilians to join law enforcement in the land and air search for 3-year-old Mariah Woods.

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

FBI Special Agent-in-Charge Stanley Meador said authorities spent days searching by foot, boat and in the water for any leads.

Also, FBI agents searched a landfill.

Officials said 730 volunteers participated in a search for Mariah on Friday. They said no information is too small or insignificant when looking for the missing child.

The FBI says they have been sending "items of interest" to their lab in Quantico, Virginia, for priority testing in the case.

The sheriff said Wilmington Police Department officers and e New Hanover County Sheriff's deputies were searching on horseback, and boats from the North Carolina Division of Marine Fisheries were in on the search.

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