Amber Alert for Mariah Kay Woods Ends in Mysterious Death, Charges

An Amber Alert issued for missing three-year-old Mariah Kay Woods in Jacksonville, North Carolina has ended with the girl found dead and her mother’s boyfriend facing charges.

Woods was last seen by her mother, Kristy, at 11:00 p.m. on November 26 when she was put to bed. Kristy said Woods was then seen again when the girl got up at 12:00 a.m. and was told to go back to bed by Kristy’s live-in boyfriend, Earl Kimrey.

A police diving team found Mariah Kay Woods’ body in a creek on December 2. Police arrested Kimrey earlier that day.

Details are currently scarce, but arrest warrants allege that Kimrey, 32, moved Woods’ body from where she had died to Pender County, approximately 25 miles from Woods’ home.

Kimrey is also accused of breaking into a property near the home he shared with Kristy and stealing two dressers.

He has been charged with concealing a body, obstruction of justice, larceny, breaking and entering, and possession of stolen goods. Kimrey is being held on a $1.0-million bond.

He made his first court appearance on December 4 and didn’t utter a word. His next court date is scheduled for December 18.

Authorities have yet to disclose what led them to charge Kimrey in the first place.

It is also unclear what happened to Mariah Kay Woods. No cause of death has been released, though police have disclosed that the death was not natural.

While Kimrey has been charged with allegedly moving the body, he has yet to be charged with murder. But prosecutors have said that more charges may be laid once the autopsy results are in.

This is not Kimrey’s first run-in with the law. He was previously convicted of larceny, assault, and drunk and disorderly conduct, according to the North Carolina Department of Public Safety.


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