3-year-old Mariah Woods from North Carolina grabbed nationwide attention in November after she was reported missing by her mother. Initially, authorities were led to believe that the young child was abducted from her bedroom in the middle of the night.
Mariah’s mother told police that she checked on the child one evening around 11:00 PM, then her boyfriend, Earl Kimrey, reportedly checked on the child again around midnight. The next morning when they woke up, she was gone.
An Amber Alert was immediately issued, hoping to find Mariah as quickly as possible. However, as the investigation continued, suspicions arose that Mariah was actually dead.
Sadly, authorities were correct. The massive search suddenly transitioned into a homicide case.
Days later, remains of a 3-year-old body were found in a creek near Mariah’s home. On the same day, the boyfriend of Mariah’s mom was arrested in connection to the child’s murder.
Initially, police could not confirm that the body was Mariah’s, although they were confident it was. On December 7th, CBS reported that the body was positively identified as 3-year-old Mariah Woods—bringing a tragic closure to her survived family members and loved ones.
The child’s cause of death is still unknown as of Thursday morning; however, she did die of “unnatural causes.” Autopsy results are expected to be released soon.
Kimrey already had his first court appearance, where the judge announced he will remain on a $1.1 million bond. He is set to appear in court again on December 18th. He is facing a number of charges including concealing of death, obstruction of justice, and others.
On Tuesday, several court documents were released that stated Kimrey sexually abused 3-year-old Mariah and physically abused her two brothers on multiple occasions. Mariah’s biological father, Alex Woods, had previously attempted to get full custody of his three children due to these circumstances, but he was denied.
Please continue to keep this family in your prayers. In other recent news, several famous celebrities were forced to evacuate their homes amid the raging California wildfires.