Arrest made in connection to missing Onslow County girl

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

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.

Officials now say the search for Mariah is now a recovery process.

In the warrants, officials claim Kimrey "secretly disposed of the dead child's body".

He is being held on $1,010,000 bond.

Officials said 730 volunteers participated in a search for Mariah on Friday.

Federal Bureau of Investigation spokeswoman Shelley Lynch confirmed Kimrey lived with Mariah and her mother. She said her boyfriend saw the child at about midnight when she got up and he told her to go back to bed.

A homicide investigation is underway following the disappearance of a three-year-old girl in North Carolina, according to the FBI Saturday afternoon. On Thursday, Miller called on civilians to join law enforcement in the land and air search for 3-year-old Mariah Woods. Dive teams have been searching Southwest Creek in Onslow County, Meador said, which is about 3 miles away from where the family lives.

Kristy Woods made tearful pleas for her daughter's return. Meador said they also sifted through roughly 95,000 pounds of trash by hand for evidence, and some "items of interest" were sent to the Marine Corps Base at Quantico for testing. Woods lives with her mother and her mother's live-in boyfriend on Dawson Cabin Road in Jacksonville, North Carolina.

Onslow County Sheriff Hans Miller talked during a news conference about Mariah Woods, who vanished November 27 from her home on High Hill Road.

'Nobody heard anything? Four people in the house, two adults and two kids, someone just comes up and snatches the baby and walks out?', Alex Woods said. Authorities are searching for her body.

Residents were moved to action following Woods' public appeals for help in the search for her "very sweet, loving girl" with blue eyes and long brown hair. They said no information is too small or insignificant when looking for the missing child.

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