The Onslow County Sheriff's Office and the Federal Bureau of Investigation arrested 32-year-old Earl Kimrey late Friday in connection to the disappearance of Mariah Kay Woods, 3, who has been missing since Monday.
At 2.30am WCTI12.com announced that Earl Kimrey had been taken into custody and charged for concealing a death and the obstruction of justice.
The girl's mother made tearful pleas for her daughter in the days after she disappeared sometime between Sunday night and Monday morning.
Federal Bureau of Investigation officials said in a release Saturday that they have evidence to believe Mariah is deceased.
Authorities in North Carolina have arrested a man in connection with the disappearance of a young girl and said they are determined to find the child's body.
Onslow County deputies say they have not found Mariah Woods' body and will continue to search the eastern North Carolina woods with hundreds of volunteers.
Kimrey is now being held in the Onslow County Detention Center with bail set at $1,010,000.
Kimrey lived with Mariah and her mother in Jacksonville.
Kimrey removed the girl's body from the place where she died and knew her death was not natural, according to arrest warrants.
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.
Authorities searching for the missing toddler are asking residents to comb through their properties for anything "out of the ordinary" in the hope that someone will come forward with information that leads them to the little girl.
She claimed he saw her at 1am and told her to go back to bed. "Just bring her home, please, safe and sound". They added that additional charges could be filed against Kimrey. "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?"
Earlier on Friday FBI forensic teams were testing "items of interest" in their desperate search for Mariah.