Woods' body was found in a creek in Pender County on Saturday. Positive confirmation of the identity of the remains will be made by the Medical Examiner's Office. Arrest warrants say Kimrey moved Mariah's body from where she died, knowing her death was not natural.
Officials have not yet said what led them to arrest Kimrey, according to the News & Observer.
Ernie Lee, Onslow County District Attorney added, "It's been a very hard week, it's been a trying week, it's been a challenging week".
Earl Kimrey, 32, is facing several charges, including concealing a death and obstruction of justice.
As Kimrey sits in jail, the community is still coping with the loss of Mariah Woods.
Kimrey allegedly "failed to notify a law enforcement authority of the death of Mariah Woods, and secretly disposed of the dead child's body", the warrant said. "The searches will now shift to a recovery process". Dozens had to be turned away. His next court appearance is December 18 in Onslow County court.
For the second day in a row, "items of interest" were flown from North Carolina to the Federal Bureau of Investigation laboratory at Quantico, Virginia, for expedited testing, Meador said. "[.] Just to be able to touch her and hold her and not let her go again", she said.
"This is my world". "I wanted to bring her two gifts". And I have a little 18 month little girl.
Days ago, the girl's biological father Alex Woods said he did not believe Kimrey's story that Mariah was abducted by a stranger.
"Someone just walked right up in there, grabbed the 3-year-old out of the bed and she didn't cry?" Woods told WCTI-TV in New Bern last week.
Anyone with information is asked to contact the Onslow County Sheriff's Office at 910-455-3113 or Crime Stoppers at 910-938-3273. They also used a helicopter and drones to aid in the search. "I'll do anything that I can, whatever you want", she said.
At some point in the five hours between then, she said someone abducted the child - who has a walking impediment - from her bedroom.
Edwards said the 3-year-old struggled to get around on her own and wore leg braces for assistance.
Neighbors have started a makeshift memorial for Mariah and have dropped off flowers and stuffed animals in memory of the little girl.