Remains found in Pender County creek ID’d as missing NC 3-year-old Mariah Woods

The Onslow County Sheriff and District Attorney’s offices announced on Wednesday that remains found in Pender County on Saturday are those of missing 3-year-old Jacksonville girl Mariah Kay Woods.

FBI investigators recovered remains believed to be those of Woods on Saturday, and her mother’s boyfriend has been charged in connection with her death.

The Fayetteville Police Department dive team discovered the remains during a search of Shelter Creek along Shaw Highway in Pender County on Dec. 2.

So far, no one has been charged with killing Mariah as of Wednesday afternoon.

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Mariah was presumed dead based on evidence gathered throughout the weeklong investigation into her disappearance, according to the Onslow County Sheriff’s Office. In a news conference on Saturday, FBI

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