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'One chance to get it right': Mariah Woods case not over

Mariah Woods (Family photo)

The investigation into the death of three-year-old Mariah Woods is still ongoing.

It has been just under two months since the search for Mariah Woods began and a little over one month since the latest information about the case was given by law enforcement.

NewsChannel 12 reporters recently talked with Onslow County Sheriff Hans Miller to see where the case stands as of Wednesday.

"This investigation is by no means over with," Miller said. "There's so many things that need to be followed."

Miller also said "additional things will be forthcoming," but he would not specify whether those "things" are additional charges or arrests.

According to the Onslow County Courthouse website, Earl Kimrey is still scheduled to appear in court on April 2.

Kimrey, 32, was the live-in boyfriend of Mariah's mother Kristy Woods. He was charged with multiple offenses relating to the little girl's death, including concealing of death, obstruction of justice, second degree burglary, felony larceny and possession of stolen property.

Kimrey was originally scheduled to appear in court on December 18, 2017, but that date was pushed back. The 32-year-old is currently being held in the Onslow County Detention Center under a $1,010,000 bond.

Mariah's body was found on December 2, 2017 in the Pender County area. Residents, friends and many others attended a memorial held near the site of Mariah Woods' home that night and continued to show support over the next few weeks.

Autopsy results have yet to be released in the case. On December 5, 2017, District Attorney Ernie Lee said the autopsy results for Mariah Woods are "still pending" and there is no timeline for when the results will be available.

"We only have one chance to get it right," Sheriff Miller said. "When the time comes, it will be put out."

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