Mariah Woods death: $1 million bond for mother’s boyfriend


FILE - This image released by the FBI shows the seeking information poster for Mariah Woods. The FBI says more than 700 people came to join in the search for Woods, a missing North Carolina child. A statement from the FBI said Friday, Dec. 1, 2017 initial search finished more quickly than anticipated because of the number of people who turned out. Authorities have been searching for 3-year-old Woods, who was reported missing from her home on Monday.

Mariah Woods, Earl Kimrey. (FBI via AP, File)

JACKSONVILLE, N.C. (AP) — The man accused of withholding information from North Carolina law enforcement about 3-year-old Mariah Woods’ death said nothing about the case in court.

A judge maintained 32-year-old Earl Kimrey’s bond at $1 million as the man made his first appearance Monday at a hearing in Jacksonville.

Kimrey is charged with obstruction of justice and with hiding Mariah’s body knowing she did not die of natural causes.

Investigators say Kimrey is the live-in boyfriend of the girl’s mother. The girl was reported missing last Monday, Nov. 27, and was found Saturday in a creek.

Authorities have said divulged few specifics of the case, including how the girl died. Prosecutors say more charges are possible.

Kimrey had been charged with the body-concealing offense late Friday, before the discovery in the creek. Investigators left little doubt they believe he knew how she died and was trying to cover it up.

“It was too late to save Mariah the moment the 911 call came in,” FBI agent Stanley Meador said of the call the girl’s mother, Kristy Woods, made last Monday to report her missing.

Kimrey removed the girl’s body from the place where she died and knew her death was not natural, according to those arrest warrants.

Sixteen hours after announcing Kimrey’s arrest, Onslow County Sheriff Hans Miller said the girl’s body was found by dive teams around 5:30 p.m. Saturday.

The body was in Shelter Creek, in Pender County about 25 miles from the home Mariah shared with her mother and Kimrey, FBI spokeswoman Shelley Lynch said in a statement with few other details. Jacksonville is on the North Carolina coast about 50 miles northeast of Wilmington.

Mariah’s father, who has been involved in a custody dispute with her mother, has criticized her version of events.

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