Remains found in Pender County, NC positively identified as Mariah Woods

Vigil heldĀ for Mariah Woods Pic. Courtesy WNCT

A body officials found last week in a North Carolina creek has been confirmed as Mariah Woods, a girl who had previously been missing, WGHP reported Wednesday.

The toddler's body, which was found in a muddy creek about 25 miles away from her home in Jacksonville, was positively identified on Wednesday more than a week after her mother Kirsty Woods first reported her missing on November 27.

Additional charges against Kimrey could be pending as the investigation continues.

Court documents obtained by WTVD list several acts of abuse against Mariah Woods and her two brothers.

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The identification comes on the same day as the visitation is being held for Mariah Woods at the Jones Funeral Home in Jacksonville.

Kristy Woods, the children's mother, knew of the sexual abuse and "failed to protect the juveniles from exposure to sexual abuse", according to the court documents. Hundreds of teddy bears now sit in the community as a memorial to Mariah.

An Amber Alert was issued, and investigators found Mariah's body on December 2 in a remote part of Pender County after an extensive search that involved hundreds of volunteers.

Earl Kimrey, the girl's boyfriend, was charged with disposing of her body.

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