The Onslow County Sheriff's Office announced Wednesday that the remains found in Pender County on Saturday are those of the missing girl from Jacksonville, Mariah Kay Woods, 3, according to several reports.
FBI investigators recovered remains believed to be those of Woods on Saturday, and his mother's boyfriend was accused of his death.
The Fayetteville Police Department's diving team discovered the remains during a Shelter Creek search along Shaw Highway in Pender County on December 2.
So far, no one has been accused of killing Mariah on Wednesday afternoon.
Mariah was presumed dead based on evidence gathered during the week-long investigation into her disappearance, according to the Onslow County Sheriff's Office. At a press conference on Saturday, FBI officials called the search for Mariah "a homicide investigation."
Earl Kimrey, 32, the boyfriend of Mariah's mother, Kristy Woods, disappeared on December 3, was arrested on. 1
Kimrey is being held at the Onslow County Detention Center. He made his first court appearance on Monday morning.
State arrest records show that Kimrey had previously been charged with theft, assault, and disorderly and disorderly conduct. Kimrey is originally from Mebane, says his Facebook page. He attended Orange High School in Hillsborough and Alamance Community College, according to the Facebook page.
Mariah was allegedly abducted from a house in the 2400 block of Dawson Cabin Road in Jacksonville, according to an Amber Alert issued on Monday, November 27. She was last seen alive when her mother laid her down around 11 p.m. M. Sunday, November 26, according to the Charlotte Division of the FBI.
More than 225 members from 14 local, state and federal agencies have conducted nearly 100 interviews in the case and have followed more than 140 potential clients. Among them are the FBI Child Abduction Rapid Deployment Team and the Adam Team of the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.
Officials said that 730 volunteers participated in the search for Mariah on Friday. The search expanded from Onslow to Pender County after Kimrey was arrested. Investigators also ordered 95,000 pounds of trash on hand, looking for items of interest, the sheriff's office said.
Several articles of interest were sent to FBI experts in Quantico, Virginia, to conduct tests shortly before Kimrey was arrested and the remains were found.