On November 27, an Amber Alert was issued for 3-year-old Mariah Woods from North Carolina. Her mother had reported her missing, claiming to have last seen the little girl when she put her to bed the night before.
A search effort ended five days later when the Fayetteville police dive team found what they believed to be Mariah’s remains in Shelter Creek in Pender County. On December 1, police arrested 32-year-old Earl Kimrey, Mariah’s mother’s live-in boyfriend, in connection with her disappearance and death. This week, the Onslow County Sheriff’s Office confirmed the body found in the creek was Mariah’s.