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Community Mourns Death, Sets up Memorial for Mariah Woods

05 December 2017
Community Mourns Death, Sets up Memorial for Mariah Woods

When 3-year-old Mariah Woods was reported missing from her North Carolina home last week, the public had every reason to hope she'd be returned to her family safe and sound.

The child's disappearance and her death have shaken a North Carolina community. A police dive team discovered Mariah's remains in a creek. He was being held in the Onslow County Detention Center on a $1 million bond.

The FBI said Kimrey was likely to make an appearance in court on Monday.

Mariah was presumed dead based on evidence gathered throughout the weeklong investigation into her disappearance, according to the Onslow County Sheriff's Office.

The FBI said positive confirmation that the body is that of Woods will be made by the medical examiner's office.

District Attorney Ernie Less said additional charges could be filed.

Mariah was last seen Sunday night, when her mother, Kristy Woods, said she put her to bed in their home in Jacksonville, near the Camp Lejeune military base.

Her mother, Kristy Woods, told authorities that she last saw her daughter around 11:00 p.m. on November 26 when she put her to bed. She told police that she went to her room again Monday morning after 6 a.m., and she was gone.

She called her an angel.

According to the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the body believed to be of Mariah Woods was found in a creek in Pender County, about 25 miles from Mariah Woods' home in Jacksonville. According to state records obtained by NBC affiliate WRAL, Kimery had previously been charged with larceny, assault and drunk and disorderly conduct.

"We are so grateful for their expertise of organizing this volunteer search", Miller said Thursday of the program.

Mariah's mother is divorced from the girl's father, Alex Woods, who said that while his daughter is with her mother his weeks are "like hell, like a nightmare".

"Allow us to review it to determine if it is of investigative value", FBI agent Stanley Meador said.

"I was actually quite surprised at how many people around the community came together, but it's good to know that we're all here for each other when something happens", Kasper said.