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TIMELINE: Search for 3-year-old Mariah Woods

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ONSLOW COUNTY, N.C. (WCTI) - Investigators gave a press conference in Jacksonville, North Carolina to provide an update on the case of Mariah Woods, the missing 3-year-old girl. On Saturday, police reported that they had found sufficient evidence to believe the young girl is dead.

Here is a timeline of events that led up to the arrest of Earl Kimrey, the live-in boyfriend to mother Kristy Woods, in the case of missing 3-year-old Mariah Woods.

Monday, Nov. 27

-- Three-year-old Mariah Woods was reported missing at 6:45 a.m. Monday morning, Sheriff Hans Miller confirmed. Miller said that he has put out an Amber Alert request and a reverse 911 call within a five-mile limit of the area to let locals know what they are doing.

Miller said officials are "working everything that can be worked to find this little girl." He said a full description of Mariah would be available as soon as the Amber Alert is made official.

-- The mother of Mariah Woods, Kristy Woods, spoke with NewsChannel 12's Greg Payne Monday night about her daughter.

Tuesday, Nov. 28

-- Crime scene tape was expanded from just around the home to cover a larger area.

-- "Our intention is to search everything we can search," Sheriff Miller said in a press conference with the FBI. "Mariah is a member of our community -- every second counts."

-- The father of Mariah Woods, Alex Woods, spoke exclusively to NewsChannel 12's Aisha Mbowe about his daughter's disappearance.

Wednesday, Nov. 29

-- The FBI releases three photos and asks the public to help determine if the child above could be Mariah Woods. NewsChannel 12 later in the morning debunked the photos released by the FBI as that of Woods.

-- David McFadyen, a former district attorney, gave his insights into the investigation.

-- We spoke again with Alex Woods, the biological father of Mariah Woods. He told NewsChannel 12's Merrilee Moore he had been cleared by investigators as a suspect.

-- A prayer vigil was held at Folkstone Original Free Will Baptist Church

Thursday, Nov. 30

-- An FBI official announced at Thursday's press conference that officials discovered "items of interest" on the scene and utilized the help of the Marine Corps to transport those items to Quantico for priority testing. Sometime around 1 p.m. on Thursday, officials set up a new crime scene off of Highway 17.

A dive team and K-9 unit were brought on scene to continue the search. The team set up over a bridge about a mile north of Dawson Cabin Road, where Mariah Woods' home is. A wide search area was taped off.

-- Donations by the truckload had been pouring into the men and women who have been helping with the search for Mariah Woods. Businesses donated food, water and other items.

-- A call goes out for volunteers to help with a search on Friday morning. Residents who want to help must bring a photo ID and dress and prepare for rough terrain.

Friday, Dec. 1

-- The FBI said in its press conference Friday that more than 700 people showed up to volunteer in the search for Woods. An FBI official said that multiple searches over the past few days have happened on foot, on horseback, and with search boats. Officials searched a local landfill and sorted through 95,000 pounds of trash by hand looking for clues. Officials also have also recently enlisted the help of cadaver dogs and underwater sonar. There were some items flagged by volunteers during the search Friday, but as of now, officials do not believe they are connected to Mariah's case.

-- Jim Bender, a spokesperson for the Woods family, gave an impassioned interview with NewsChannel 12's Valentina Wilson.

-- The FBI and Onslow County Sheriff's Office announce Earl Kimrey, 32, the live-in boyfriend of the mother of Mariah Woods, is arrested. He was taken into custody on Dec. 1 and charged with: Concealing of death, obstruction of justice, second-degree burglary, felony larceny, possession of stolen property. He is in the Onslow County Detention Center under a $1.010 million bond. Additional charges are pending.

Saturday, Dec. 2

-- Earl Kimrey, 32, was taken into custody by investigators at the Onslow County Sheriff's Office on Friday and is facing charges in the case of missing 3-year-old Mariah Woods.

-- Warrants for live-in boyfriend Earl Kimrey detail the charges against him in the disappearance and now what is believed to be the killing of 3-year-old Mariah Woods


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