Document: Mariah Woods may have been sexually abused by mom's boyfriend

Ceria Alfonso
Diciembre 7, 2017

The medical examiner still needs to confirm it is the body of Mariah Woods, but Federal Bureau of Investigation spokesperson Shelley Lynch said investigators are confident it is her. But according to the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the creek was not the place Mariah died.

- A judge on Monday set the next court appearance for Earl Kimrey, the man accused of concealing the death of 3-year-old Mariah Woods. He is also charged with second-degree burglary, felony larceny and possession of stolen property, authorities said.

More than 700 volunteers turned out Friday as the search for the missing girl shifted to the area around a creek a few miles from her home, CNN affiliate WNCN reported.

The documents allege that "the respondent mother is aware that Mr. Kimrey abuses substances including pot, heroin, and methamphetamines". He's scheduled to appear in court again December 18. "I will be awaiting the results of the medical examiner's report and making some decisions at that time". The Onslow County Sheriff's Office says Kimrey is being held on more than $1 million bond in the Onslow County Detention Center on charges that include concealing a death and obstruction of justice.

"I'm hurt. Everybody is hurt around here".

An autopsy was performed Monday on the little girl. She said items have come from all over the country and from places such as Japan and the United Kingdom. On Tuesday, at the growing makeshift memorial for Mariah, John McMichael placed hand-carved angel wings in her memory. "We just have to hold onto our kids and watch over them".

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"We put every resource we have into finding Mariah, to bring her home safely", he told reporters.

As investigators continue to gather evidence in the case, people in the community are leaning on one another for support.

"I just felt full of love and full of so much hope for this community that we will bounce back from this and we will learn from this, and we now need to be more mindful of the children here", Noah Ludlow said.

Investigators and law enforcement spent five days searching a five-mile radius around Mariah's house before expanding the search perimeters to Highway 53 and Highway 17 in Pender County.

One of the brothers said their mother knew that Kimrey allegedly was sexually abusing Mariah, according to the documents, which say she "failed to protect juveniles from exposure to sexual abuse".

An FBI spokesperson said Sunday that the case is now a state homicide investigation and the agency will no longer be involved.

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