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UPDATE: Missing girl's body found in North Carolina creek

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UPDATE (WKOW) -- Authorities say they have recovered a body they think is a missing 3-year-old North Carolina girl from a creek in a neighboring county.

Onslow County Hans Miller said dive teams found Mariah Miller's body around 5:30 p.m. Saturday.

FBI spokeswoman Shelley Lynch said in a statement the body was in a Pender County creek about 25 miles (40 kilometers) from Mariah Woods' home in Jacksonville.

Miller didn't release any other details at a news conference.

Deputies have charged 32-year-old Earl Kimrey with concealing a death. Arrest warrants say Kimrey moved Mariah's body from where she died, knowing her death was not natural. They haven't said how they think the girl was killed.

Kimrey was living with the girl's mother.

JACKSONVILLE, NC (WKOW) -- An arrest was made Saturday in connection with the disappearance of a North Carolina toddler.

Investigators say they've arrested 32-year-old Earl Kimey, who is the live-in boyfriend of the missing toddler's mother.

On Sunday, three-year-old Mariah Wood went missing after her mother put her to bed. The disappearance prompted more than 200 volunteers to help out in the search effort, including the FBI.

In a statement released Saturday, the sheriff's office says "due to evidence gathered during the course of the investigation, it is believed that Mariah is deceased. At this time, the location of Mariah is unknown. The searches will now shift to a recovery process."

Kimrey was taken before a state magistrate and charged with Concealing of Death, Obstruction of Justice, 2nd Degree Burglary, Felony Larceny, and Possession of Stolen Property.

Kimrey is currently being held in a detention center under a $1,010,000 bond. A District Attorney has been consulted on the current charges and additional charges could be pending as the investigation continues, according to the sheriff's office.

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