The Onslow County Sheriff's Office and the Federal Bureau of Investigation took 32-year-old Earl Kimrey into custody on Friday.
32-year old Earl Kimrey, the boyfriend of the child's mother, has been arrested and charged with concealing death, obstruction of justice, and other charges. He was being held in the Onslow County Detention Center under a $1 million bond, a news release stated.
Investigators believe that Mariah is deceased due to evidence gathered throughout the investigation.
The agency is transitioning from search operations to recovery operations, officials said.
Since then, professional investigators and volunteers have fanned out across the woods near her home, neighbors have been asked to search their property and a dive team has searched a portion of Southwest Creek under U.S. Highway 17.
The FBI released this photo of Mariah Woods, who was reporting missing on November 27, 2017.
The FBI said it has been sending "items of interest" to its lab in Quantico, Virginia, for priority testing in the case.
The investigation is ongoing.
It has been five days since the little girl vanished from her home in the dead of night. "This is my world, this is my angel", she said.
Mariah's family has said that the 3-year-old struggles to get around on her own and wears leg braces for assistance.
Authorities have arrested a man in connection with the disappearance of a 3-year-old North Carolina girl.
Mariah's father, who has been involved in a custody dispute with her mother, has criticized her version of events. She said her boyfriend saw the child at about midnight when she got up and he told her to go back to bed.
'Nobody heard anything? Four people in the house, two adults and two kids, someone just comes up and snatches the baby and walks out?', Alex Woods said. "She's my baby, she's my everything", said Kristy Woods in a press conference. They said no information is too small or insignificant when looking for the missing child.