On November 27, a tragedy occurred in Jacksonville, North Carolina. 3-year-old Mariah Woods went missing from her home early in the morning.
Initially, investigators believed that the toddler was abducted from her bedroom in the middle of the night. As the investigation continued and strange details emerged, however, her mother’s live-in boyfriend looked more and more suspicious.
After a vast police search for the young girl, Woods’ body was found six days later. A dive team found her body in a nearby creek in Pended County.
After performing an autopsy, the Onslow County Sheriff’s Office revealed that Mariah’s cause of death was chloroform toxicity. Her mother’s boyfriend, Earl Kimrey, was arrested on December 2nd.
Kimrey’s initial charges included concealing of death, obstruction of justice, second-degree burglary, felony larceny, and possession of stolen property. Later, he was charged with first-degree murder.
Now, Kimrey’s original 911 call that he made to report that the 3-year-old was missing was just released. Kimrey had been the last one to check on the young girl and then in the morning when he and her mother woke up, they claimed that she was missing. Kimrey was the one to make the call to the police.
In Kimrey’s call, he reportedly said that Mariah’s mother had checked around the house “two or three times” and the yard.
He said, “Our 3-year-old is nowhere to be found. We have looked everywhere in our house and out in our yard, and our little girl, she’s missing.”
He continued, “It’s not like her to go outside at all. Not in the middle of the night or in the morning by herself.”
The suspect then told the dispatcher that he had last seen her around 8:30 p.m., a detail that later was determined to be a lie.
He said, “Me and my girlfriend put her to bed right when we came in. We came in from a trip last night and everybody went to bed around 8:30, around that time, I can’t say for sure. We were coming home from vacation.”
Kimrey then said that Mariah’s footie pajamas were found on the floor by her bed.
When investigators did a search of Kimrey’s home, they found several pieces of evidence against him, including findings of receipts, duct tape, bleach, syringes, etc. Additionally, a witness had told police that they saw Kimrey with a “bigger than a book bag” around 11:30 p.m. the night that Mariah went missing. Earlier this week, Kimrey pled “not guilty” to the charges. However, the prosecutors of the case are seeking the death penalty.
Click on the link below to hear the full audio from Kimrey's 911 call:
Please be praying for Mariah Woods' mother during this especially difficult time. We will continue to update with more details as they are released.
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