The live-in boyfriend of Mariah Woods' mother has been arrested in connection to the disappearance of the 3-year-old - and police believe the child is dead.
Mariah Woods is believed to be dead, her mother's boyfriend has been arrested
At 2.30am WCTI12.com announced that Earl Kimrey had been taken into custody and charged for concealing a death and the obstruction of justice.
There is no indication as yet that Mariah's body has been found but police believe she is deceased.
The 32-year-old man was taken before a state magistrate and charged with concealing of death, Obstruction of Justice, Second Degree Burglary, Felony Larceny and Possession of Stolen Property.
He is being held under $1,010,000 bond at the Onslow County Detention Center
Earlier on Friday FBI forensic teams were testing 'items of interest' in their desperate search for Mariah.
They were sent straight to the FBI's base in Quantico, Virginia, for testing on Wednesday afternoon.
Kristy Woods's boyfriend Earl Kimrey has been arrested in connection to the disappearance of Mariah (pictured Kristy and Mariah)
Earlier in the day, agents were seen searching the trailer where Mariah lived with her 29-year-old mother Kristy, her older brothers and Kimrey.
It has been five days since the little girl vanished from her home in the dead of night.
Earlier this week, Mariah's biological father, who has not seen her for more than a year, said he did not believe she was abducted.
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