"It is believed that Mariah is deceased", the Onslow County Sheriff's Office said in a statement, even as what happened to Mariah Woods after her mother tucked her into bed almost a week ago remains a mystery.
A 32-year-old man has been arrested in connection with the disappearance of 3-year-old Mariah Woods, who is believed to be dead, North Carolina authorities and the Federal Bureau of Investigation announced early Saturday.
Arrest warrants obtained by CBS North Carolina report Kimrey obstructed justice by, "removing Mariah Woods' body from the scene of her death and did hide Mariah Woods' death and body, knowing that Mariah Woods died from unnatural causes".
Investigators have charged him with concealing death, obstruction of justice and other charges.
Kimrey is now being held at the Onslow County Detention Center under a $1,010,000 bond.
A statement issued by the Sheriff's Office says the child, Mariah Woods, is believed to be dead.
On Friday morning, hundreds of volunteers organized a search party to look for the girl, ABC 11 reported. The search was organized by Team Adam, a program for the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children that provides on-site assistance to law enforcement agencies and families in cases of missing children, according to Onslow County Sheriff Hans Miller. WCTI spoke with a 23-year-old Newport, North Carolina woman Wednesday who said she was the woman pictured in the surveillance photos.
"It is with deep sadness that I tell you our investigation leads us to believe 3-year-old Mariah Woods is deceased", Miller added.
'Someone just walked right up in there, grabbed the 3-year-old out of the bed and she didn't cry, she didn't scream?
Kristy, who this week disabled her Facebook account after posting the missing person's appeal for her daughter, claimed that Mariah was taken by a stranger.
Residents were moved to action following Woods' public appeals for help in the search for her "very sweet, loving girl" with blue eyes and long brown hair. "Please, bring her back".
The FBI was analyzing items recovered during the search, which included sorting through 95,000 pounds of trash from a landfill, authorities said.
The FBI estimates that 600 people turned out to join the search for a missing North Carolina child, and some had to be turned away.