After the recent release of toddler Mariah Woods’ autopsy results on Wednesday, more details emerged in the case of Earl Kimrey, the North Carolina man accused of killing the little girl and tossing her into a creek.
According to search warrants obtained by CrimeOnline, numerous items were found in the home of Kimrey, who lived with Mariah’s mother, Kristy Hunter, and her three children. The search warrant indicated the following items were seized from 2405 Dawson Cabin Road, Lot 7, in Jacksonville, where little Mariah, just three years old, disappeared from in late November 2017.
- Leg braces (Mariah was diagnosed with muscular dystrophy)
- Child’s pink pajamas
- Child’s pink blanket
- Fitted pink sheet
- Blue and pink pillow
- Blue coat
- White pipe with a nozzle attached
- Homemade “pocket vagina” sexual device in backyard
- Homemade “pocket vagina” sexual device in the home
- Grey floor mat from a van (located in trash can outside)
CrimeOnline also obtained a photo from regional reporter Mike McHugh, from The Daily News in Jacksonville, taken when police initially arrived to Kimrey’s residence after he called 911 and reported Mariah missing in November. In the photo, Kimrey situated himself between the officers and his family while wearing a marijuana shirt, pajama bottoms, and a baseball cap twisted backward.
Around 87 discs of information have been obtained and handed over to the Jacksonville DA, according to McHugh.
As CrimeOnline previously reported, a complete autopsy on 3-year-old Mariah Woods, found deceased last year in a creek close to her North Carolina home, was released on Wednesday.
Signed by Dr. Karen Kelly of the ECU Brody School of Medicine, the autopsy confirmed that the toddler passed away from chloroform toxicity. Her little body was found sealed in a white plastic trash bag, with another trash bag tied around her neck. She was then crammed inside a plaid couch cushion.
The report also confirmed that Mariah had several injuries, including,
- Two scalp hemorrhages
- An abrasion above her upper left eyelid
- Bruising near her eye
- Faint abrasions over her nose and under her chin
- Abrasion over her lip
Authorities found Mariah at the bottom of Shelter Creek in Pender County, just 20 minutes away from her Jacksonville home, in early December. Kimrey, the boyfriend of Hunter, was charged in connection with the little girl’s death.
Hunter reported the little girl missing on November 27. She told police that her live-in boyfriend, Kimrey, checked in on the toddler at around 11 p.m. the previous night. The following morning, at around 6:45 a.m., the mother reported that her daughter was nowhere in site. Authorities found Mariah’s lifeless body in the creek on December 2, ending a nationwide AMBER Alert.
“My last memory of her was feeding her and putting her to bed,” Kristy Hunter said. “I told her I loved her and she loved me.”
In January, the Fourth Prosecutorial District Attorney, Ernie Lee, confirmed that he intended to seek the death penalty in the case against Kimrey. The suspect was later indicted by a grand jury for numerous felony charges, including murder.
Kimrey remains behind bars without bail.
Check back with CrimeOnline as additional details become available.
[Feature Photo: Mariah Woods/Handout]