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JACKSONVILLE, Onslow County Earl Kimrey was charged with the murder of Mariah Woods on Wednesday.
It’s the case that impacted thousands in Eastern North Carolina and around the country. on Monday, November 27. Kimrey was the one who made the call. The next morning, Woods discovered Mariah was missing. Kimrey told officials that after Woods went to sleep, Mariah had gotten up, but was sent back to bed. He reported that left the residence for a short period of time, leaving the door unlocked.
Officials began the search for Mariah shortly after she was reported missing. The search included multiple local, state and federal agencies. Members of the military and hundreds of citizen volunteers searched miles of residential, woodland and farm land for signs of the missing three year old, officials said. Hundreds of tips and leads were followed by investigators.
The Onslow County Sheriff’s Office collected over 250 items of physical evidence during the investigation many submitted for additional forensic examination to the FBI Forensics Lab in Quantico.
The search came to an end close to a week after it began. Leads developed during the investigation brought detectives to the Holly Shelter Creek bridge in Pender County on December 2, 2017, where a dive team recovered Mariah’s body.
Kimrey, 32, was the live in boyfriend of Mariah’s mother. He was charged on December 2, 2017, with multiple offenses relating to the little girl’s death, including concealing of death, obstruction of justice, second degree burglary,
felony larceny and possession of stolen property.
Since that date, Kimrey has been in custody in the Onslow County Detention Center under a secured $1,010,000.00 appearance bond. Additional charges have been pending the completion of the autopsy and other forensic lab analysis, officials said.
An autopsy on Mariah’s body was conducted on December 4, 2017 by East Carolina University in Greenville. A preliminary cause of death was provided, but additional chemical and toxicology testing was required before officials could release more information.
On January 22, 2018, those additional test results were received by the medical examiner. On January 23, 2018, members of the Sheriff’s Office Investigations Division and the District Attorney’s Office were in consultation with the Medical Examiner’s Office to review the findings, officials said.
The cause of death was determined to be chloroform toxicity.
“Chloroform is a chemical used to incapacitate people and in some cases it can take your life and that’s what the toxicology report now shows us,” Sheriff Hans Miller told NewsChannel 12 reporter Merrilee Moore.
Sheriff Miller said the toxicology results are the key piece of information that led to Kimrey’s latest charges.
“We suspect that this chemical was used to disable the child and according to the autopsy report, it led to her death,” Sheriff Miller said.
Sheriff Miller will not reveal how investigators believe Kimrey got his hands on the chloroform.
Charges of one count of first degree murder and one count of felonious child abuse inflicting serious bodily injury were filed against Kimrey this morning, January 24, 2018. He was placed under a no bond.
As the investigation continues, many of those who have been following the case are wondering what’s next for Mariah’s mother.
“[Kristy Woods] has been cooperative,” Sheriff Miller said. “At this point we do not have any additional evidence that would lead to another arrest. That does not mean that this investigation is closed. That means that we’re just not there to make another arrest at this point.”