A man has been arrested in the North Carolina, Amber Alert case of 3-year-old Mariah Woods, who is presumed dead, and authorities believe he had been close to the family.
The suspect, Earl Kimery, is believed to be the girl’s mother’s boyfriend, who had lived with the family. He has been charged with multiple offenses, including concealing death, in spite of the fact that the missing girl has not yet been found.
According to the arrest warrant:
[Kimery has been accused of] removing Mariah Woods’ body from the scene of her death and did conceal Mariah Woods’ death and body, knowing that Mariah died from unnatural causes. The defendant acted with deceit and intent to fraud
In addition, Kimery has been charged with obstruction of justice, second-degree burglary, larceny and possession of stolen property. In past cases, he had been charged with larceny, assault and drunk and disorderly conduct. He is currently being held at the Onslow County Detention Center, in lieu of a $1,010,000 bond.
According to a statement from the Sheriff’s office, while the body has not been found, evidence has reportedly caused them to believe that Mariah is dead.
“At this time, the location of Mariah is unknown,” the statement claimed, according to New York Daily News. “The searches now will shift to a recovery process.”