The mother's live-in boyfriend has been arrested in connection with the girl's disappearance, authorities said Saturday morning, and Mariah is likely dead. Kimrey went before a state magistrate and has been charged with Concealing of Death, Obstruction of Justice, 2nd Degree Burglary, Felony Larceny, and Possession of Stolen Property. Her biological father Alex Woods told WCTI 12 Tuesday that he found out his daughter was missing when the Amber Alert was issued and he hasn't seen her for about a year.
Her mother told investigators she last saw Mariah Sunday, and Kimrey saw her later that night.
The statement says investigators think the girl is dead, but didn't say how she might have been killed.
Authorities said they have not yet located Mariah's body, and the missing persons search that included Federal Bureau of Investigation agents and K-9 units will now shift to a recovery effort.
He was being held in the Onslow County Detention Center with bail set at $1,010,000.
The search was organized in connection with the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children. "All with one mission: to help us find Mariah".
Photos of Mariah Kay Woods.
They were sent straight to the FBI's base in Quantico, Virginia, for testing on Wednesday afternoon. "We have got to bring her home", Onslow County Sheriff Hans Miller said at a Saturday news conference.
The investigation is ongoing. "Someone just walked right up in there, grabbed the 3-year-old out of the bed, and she didn't cry, she didn't scream?" he said.
At some point in the five hours between then, she said someone abducted the child - who has a walking impediment - from her bedroom.
As the search for Mariah intensified, questions swirled about the story told by Mariah's caretakers.
More than 700 volunteers turned out Friday as the search for the missing girl shifted to the area around a creek a few miles from her home, CNN affiliate WNCN reported. Once they realized she was missing, the couple said they called authorities.
Mariah Woods is described as a white female with brown hair and blue eyes, about 2-foot-9 weighing about 30 pounds. "Please, bring her back".