Memorial continues to grow as vigil is held for Mariah Woods

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This photo provided by Onslow County Sheriff's Office shows Earl Kimrey.

FBI investigators recovered remains believed to be those of 3-year-old Mariah Woods on Saturday, and her mother's boyfriend has been charged in connection with her death.

Mariah's mother Kristy Woods, reported her daughter missing on November 27. "I wanted to bring her two gifts".

Just three days since authorities believe they recovered the three-year-old's body, a memorial near Onslow County continues to grow. "The focus of this investigation has changed from a missing child to a homicide case".

Mariah was presumed to be dead Saturday after remains found in Shelter Creek on December 2 were believed to be hers.

Kimrey removed the girl's body from the place that died and knew that her death was not a natural cause, according to the arrest warrants.

The mother's live-in boyfriend was charged Saturday in connection with her disappearance, authorities said earlier. "We were all hoping for a better outcome". After five full days of a search that included the Onslow County Sheriff's Office, the Federal Bureau of Investigation and hundreds of local volunteers, authorities arrested Mariah's mother's boyfriend, Earl Kimrey, and charged him with concealing her death.

Kimrey has not been charged with the death of Mariah.

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Kimrey is being held in the Onslow County Detention Center under a $1,010,000 bond.

During his first court appearance on Monday morning, Kimrey wore body armor as while five armed guards surrounded him.

CBS affiliate WRAL reported the arrest warrant issued for Kimrey said he obstructed justice by "removing Mariah Woods' body from the scene of her death and did hide Mariah Woods' death and body, knowing that Mariah Woods died from unnatural causes".

A second vigil is scheduled for Sunday night at 5:30 p.m.at the intersection of Dawson Cabin Road and High Hill Road.

A public visitation will be held Wednesday from 4-6 p.m.at Jones Funeral Home at 303 Chaney Ave. Prosecutors say more charges are possible.

District Attorney Ernie Lee called the search an extremely challenging and emotional week. "We'll be waiting for the results of the medical examiner's report and making some decisions at that time".

People from across North Carolina gathered to remember Mariah Woods.

More than 700 volunteers turned out Friday as the search for the missing girl shifted to the area around a creek a few miles from her home, CNN affiliate WNCN reported.

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