Mariah was reported missing Monday morning by her mother, who said she last saw her when she put her to bed the night before.
"Very saddened to report to you that we have recovered what we believe are the remains of little Mariah Woods", Onslow County Sheriff Hans Miller said. The following day, police arrested 32-year-old Earl Kimrey, Kristy's boyfriend, in connection with the child's disappearance.
The news was announced that a Fayetteville dive team made the discovery Saturday evening in Shelter Creek along Shaw Highway in Pender County.
Many say they want justice for Mariah, saying that Mariah is loved, not only in this community, but across the state and even country as her story spreads. According to the Department of Public Safety's website, he's been convicted of larceny twice, assault on a government official, and drunk and disorderly conduct.
Earl Kmrey is accused of withholding information about Mariah Woods' death from authorities.
. The warrant also said he secretly disposed of the body, according to the News & Observer.
"Sadly, it was too late to save Mariah".
He was charged with concealing of death, obstruction of justice, second-degree burglary, felon larceny and possession of stolen property. It had been nearly a week since Mariah was last seen in bed by her mother around 11 p.m. on November 26.
Kimrey's mother and stepfather live in Mebane. "She was our child", said Onslow County resident Bonnie Fuleki.
Some who helped search for Mariah earlier in the week came to the growing memorial Sunday to pay their respects. The search area is extensive and will expand to cover the entirety of Onslow County, Meador said. Investigators also sorted through 95,000 pounds of trash by hand, searching for items of interest, the sheriff's office said.
"It's unreal. It's a nightmare", Alex told local TV station WCTI-12 on Tuesday. "Nobody's heard nothing? Four people in the house, two adults and two babies and somebody just comes, snatches the baby up and walks out?" he told WTVR.