Community gathers for Mariah Woods memorial service

ONSLOW COUNTY, NC (WITN) - Community members gathered for a memorial service to remember 3-year-old Mariah Woods Sunday evening.

A public memorial service started at 5:30 p.m. on the corner of Dawson Cabin Road and Ernest King Road.

Community members have been bringing stuffed animals, balloons and flowers to this corner as a way to honor the Onslow County toddler.

Woods was reported missing from her home on Dawson Cabin Road on November 26.

After a six day search, authorities found Mariah's body in Shelter Creek in Pender County December 2.

Earl Kimrey, the live-in boyfriend of Woods' mother, has been charged in connection to the toddler's death.

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Authorities have positively identified the body of Mariah Woods, ten days after the three-year-old was last seen alive.

The Onslow County Sheriff's Office confirmed that Wednesday afternoon as mourners gathered at a Jacksonville funeral home.

No one has been arrested for the child's murder, while the mother's live-in boyfriend, Earl Kimrey, has been charged with removing Mariah's body from the scene of her death and concealing her death, knowing that she died from unnatural causes.

The three-year-old's body was found Saturday night in Shelter Creek in Pender County. She was last seen at her mother's Dawson Cabin Road trailer on November 26th.

The public visitation for Mariah happened Wednesday afternoon, while a memorial service will take place at 5:30 p.m. Sunday at the intersection of Dawson Cabin Road and Ernest King Road.

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A public visitation is set for this afternoon for an Onslow County toddler whose body was found this past weekend, while a memorial fund has been set up for the family.

Mariah Woods was last seen Sunday, November 26th at her mother's mobile home on Dawson Cabin Road. The three-year-old was reported missing the next morning and the mother's live-in boyfriend has been charged in connection with the case.

Co-workers of the child's father today set up "The Mariah Woods Fund" to help the family with upcoming expenses.

People can make donations to the First National Bank, 2445 Onslow Dr., Jacksonville, NC. 28540. Payments should be made out to "The Mariah Woods Fund."

A public visitation for Mariah will be held Wednesday from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. at Jones Funeral Home on Chaney Avenue in Jacksonville.