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Published: Monday, December 04, 2017 @ 3:24 PM
JACKSONVILLE, N.C. — The man charged in connection with the death of North Carolina 3-year-old Mariah Woods made his first court appearance Monday morning in Onslow County.
A judge read the charges against 32-year-old Earl Kimrey and ordered him to be held on a $1 million bond.
The Onslow County Sheriff’s Office and the FBI believe they found Mariah's body Saturday in Shelter Creek, along Shaw Highway in Pender County. The medical examiner’s office is tasked with confirming the body’s identification, officials said.
According to arrest warrants, officials believe Kimrey "secretly disposed" of the toddler's body because he knew she did not die of natural causes.
FBI officials said they are investigating the case as a homicide.
"We've had a tremendous amount of people (who) came out from the community willing to assist, not only with their support, but (with) their willingness to help and with their prayers for this community,” district attorney Ernie Lee said.
Kimrey was arrested after several days of exhaustive searches for the girl. He is charged with multiple offenses, including concealing a death, obstruction of justice and burglary.
Officials told WSOCTV that Kimrey was the boyfriend of Woods's mother and lived with them in the home. Woods’s mother first reported her missing Monday morning.
FBI officials said in a release Saturday that they have evidence to believe Mariah is deceased, but that her body has not yet been found.
The agency is transitioning from search operations to recovery operations, officials said.
Hundreds joined search for Mariah
Officials said more than 700 people turned up Friday to join the search for the toddler. Dozens had to be turned away.
Onslow County Sheriff Hans Miller said volunteers came from as far away as Raleigh, which is 120 miles southeast of Jacksonville.
On Thursday, Miller called on civilians to join law enforcement officers in the land and air search for Mariah.
FBI officials said the agency sent "items of interest" to its lab in Quantico, Virginia, for priority testing in the case.
The sheriff said Wilmington Police Department officers and New Hanover County sheriff's deputies were searching on horseback, and boats from the N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries were also in on the search.
Woods's mother, Kristy Woods, told WITN-TV in Greenville that she last saw her daughter at about 11 p.m. on Nov. 26, when she checked on her. She said Kimrey saw the child at about midnight when she got up and he told her to go back to bed. Once they realized she was missing, the couple said they called authorities.
Kristy Woods made a plea for the girl's safe return on Nov. 27.
"This is my world. This is my angel," the mother said. "She was sent to me for a reason. This is my everything besides my boys, the love that I have for this girl."
But the girl's biological father, Alex Woods, said he doubted Mariah's mother's story.
"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?" the father told WCTI-TV in New Bern on Tuesday. "Nobody heard anything? Four people in the house, two adults and two kids, someone just comes up and snatches the baby and walks out?"
Four volunteer fire departments, the Onslow County Sheriff’s Department and K-9 units searched in the wooded area behind the girl’s home and in surrounding wooded areas, WCTI reported. They also used a helicopter and drones to aid in the search.
"I don't believe she would go out by herself, especially in the dark," said the girl’s grandmother, Anne Edwards. “She's a sweet child but she's shy with strangers, so she wouldn't just go with a stranger."
Edwards said the 3-year-old struggled to get around on her own and wore leg braces for assistance.
"It's really tough because it's just like everybody says: 'I didn't believe this could happen to me,'" Edwards said.
Published: Sunday, January 14, 2018 @ 3:48 AM
Updated: Sunday, January 14, 2018 @ 3:48 AM
MAYPEARL, Texas — A Maypearl, Texas, woman has been charged with murder after she was arrested Wednesday night on suspicion of killing her husband.
Sandra Louise Garner was arrested Jan. 10, nine days after her husband’s death. Police said they were led to the 55-year-old after they seized one of her electronic devices and discovered that she’d recently searched “how to kill someone and not get caught,” according to the Waxahachie Daily Light. Garner’s late husband, 42-year-old John Garner, was found in the couple's home early Jan. 2. Maypearl Police Chief Boyd Norton said the autopsy revealed that John Garner was killed with a .38 caliber bullet.
Norton said Sandra Garner called 911 on the night of her husband’s death, saying, “Ms. Garner told investigators she was awakened by two gunshots and saw a masked male holding a gun and a flashlight inside her residence,” per a report from Paris Extra. Sandra Garner also claimed that “the perpetrator told her he held a grudge against her husband because of work-related matters," police said. She also reportedly told police that the gunman told her he wasn’t there to hurt her and that he made her open the family safe and fork over $18,000. However, as early as Jan. 4, the Maypearl Police Department pushed back on Sandra Garner’s story, writing on Facebook, “We have reason to believe that the shooting was NOT a ‘stranger on stranger’ home invasion.”
The Ellis County Sheriff’s Office reportedly got a search warrant and found a bullet in a pillowcase in the Garners’ bedroom. That discovery led to them seizing the devices, where they uncovered Sandra Garner’s search history. Norton also said investigators found a .38 Taurus handgun in a Ford Mustang parked near the residence. The gun was wrapped in a paper towel and slipped into two plastic bags, he said. Police arrested Sandra Garner after experts determined that the bullet found in the John Garner’s body matched the .38 found in the Mustang.
Published: Sunday, January 14, 2018 @ 12:05 PM
LAS VEGAS — We are slowly learning more about the Las Vegas shooting that left 58 people dead in October 2017.
Newly unsealed court documents show that, in the months before the massacre, shooter Stephen Paddock took measures to muddy the waters in the law enforcement investigation he knew would follow his attack. FBI search warrants state that Paddock “destroyed or tried to hide digital media devices” that he assumed the feds would be after, according to a New York Times report. In fact, Paddock took a number of steps aimed at tripping up investigators, and the FBI team trying to get to the bottom of the shooting wrote that the 64-year-old exhibited “a level of sophistication which is commonly found in mass casualty events.”
Stephen Paddock had at least 7 cell phones/mobile devices. Seems like a lot for a “lone wolf,” as described by cops. Media hearing to unseal search warrants— next week. #LasVegasShooting. pic.twitter.com/sKtu78HSec— Craig Fiegener (@CraigNews3LV) January 11, 2018
Although the bureau still has not determined a motive for his attack, they’ve slowly traced the winding trail that led him to the Mandalay Bay hotel room last October. They said he used multiple communication devices, including a prepaid cellphone. Three phones were found in the room where Paddock died, two of which investigators were able to search, but one that they could not unlock, authorities said. An agent wrote in the search warrants that “if there were any information related to a potential conspiracy, it would be found within” the locked phone, which operated on the Google platform.
The warrants also detail a few of the steps that investigators took in looking into Paddock’s girlfriend, Marilou Danley. Although Danley has not been charged, investigators said: “She has been identified thus far as the most likely person who aided or abetted Stephen Paddock based on her informing law enforcement that her fingerprints would likely be found on the ammunition used during the attack.”
She reportedly deleted social media profiles in the hours after the attack.
In the warrants, agents pushed for access to Danley’s email account, saying that “[it could] lead investigators to determine the full scope of Stephen Paddock’s plan and Marilou Danley’s possible involvement.”
A number of the devices that Paddock used in the shooting were ordered online, including a holographic weapon sight, authorities said.
Published: Saturday, January 13, 2018 @ 3:49 PM
HOUSTON — A Texas woman whose purse was snatched in broad daylight on New Year's Eve also was dragged by the suspect's car, police said.
The incident was captured on surveillance video, KHOU reported. The 77-year-old woman is seen placing groceries in the trunk of her car. A man in a white Nissan Sentra pulls up behind her and grabs the purse from her cart.
While the woman tries to hold onto her purse, the suspect drives off, dragging the woman until she fell.
Authorities are offering a $5,000 reward for information in the case, KHOU reported.
Published: Friday, January 12, 2018 @ 5:11 PM
DEKALB COUNTY, Ga. — David Saintiague cradled his friend, Derek Adams, in his arms until he took his last breath.
It was all Saintiague could do after seeing a Budget rental truck driver hit and kill his friend — and keep going.
“You can’t leave somebody in that situation like that by themselves,” Saintiague told WSBTV.
The friends were headed to a bar Dec. 30 when the truck slammed into Adams’ motorcycle, driving over his body and the bike, a DeKalb County police traffic report states.
Saintiague told WSBTV there were a lot of sparks during the crash and all he could see was the driver speeding away after apparently running over the body.
Adams, 27, was motionless in the intersection of North Decatur Road and Warren Avenue. About 10:15 p.m., police said he “was beyond medical treatment.”
“I was trying to process everything going on,” Saintiague said. “(I was) in shock, trying to call 911 and call his name to get him to respond.”
No arrests have been made.
The rental company has been cooperative with the investigation, WSBTV reported.