Researchers in North Carolina say that it is believed that a missing girl of 3 years died and arrested a man in connection with his disappearance.
Mariah Woods was missing from her home in Jacksonville, North Carolina, around 6 am on Monday, prompting a mbadive search effort involving local and state police, the FBI and hundreds of volunteers.
Onslow County Sheriff's investigators said they now believe that Woods pbaded away and the search is changing to a recovery operation, affiliated with CBS, WNCN-TV reports. The authorities have not located the girl.
The FBI announced early Saturday that Earl Kimrey, 32, was arrested by deputies on Friday night in connection with the disappearance. He faces charges including the cover-up of death, obstruction of justice, second-degree theft, theft of crimes and possession of stolen property.
According to WNCN, Kimrey is the resident girlfriend of Mariah Woods' mother, Kristy Woods, who issued an emotional plea for the safe return of her daughter on Tuesday.
Kristy Woods told WITN-TV in Greenville that she had last seen Mariah at 11 pm Sunday night when she reviewed her. She said her boyfriend claimed to have seen the girl around midnight when she woke up and he told her to go back to bed.
Relatives said there were no signs of forced entry or signs of a fight.
Kimrey is detained at the Onslow County Detention Center with a $ 1.01 million bond, reports WNCN.
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