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Mariah Woods autopsy released: Body was found with cement in bag

Earl Kimrey, the live-in boyfriend of mother Kristy Woods, has been charged with murdering Mariah Woods. (NewsChannel 12 photo)

Authorities released the autopsy of 3-year-old Mariah Woods Wednesday, revealing new details in the case.

The autopsy, conducted by Dr. Karen Kelly, revealed the cause of death is chloroform toxicity. The autopsy revealed other disturbing details.

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Woods' body was enclosed in a plaid, zippered couch cushion cover with solid cement inside of it. The body was wrapped in trash bags which were tied around her neck. Other details emerged, such as a lack of physical evidence to suggest the toddler had been sexually assaulted. The examination did reveal Woods had bruises and abrasions on her face.

Earl Kimrey, the live-in boyfriend of Woods' mother, is charged in the three-year-old's killing.

District Attorney Ernie Lee announced in February that he is seeking the death penalty in the case against Kimrey. Leads developed during the investigation brought detectives to the Holly Shelter Creek bridge in Pender County on Dec. 2, 2017, where a dive team recovered Mariah's body a week after Kimrey and Mariah's mother reported her missing.

Woods' mother has not been charged in the case.

Onslow County Sheriff Hans Miller told NewsChannel 12's Merrilee Moore the investigation is ongoing and his office wouldn't make an arrest without probable cause and evidence has been proven in court.

"The investigation is certainly not over," Miller said. "We have to do this one step at a time. If we jump ahead without having proper evidence it would damage the case."

He also said it's still possible someone else could be charged down the road if any new evidence points in that direction.

10 p.m. report with interview with legal expert David McFadyen

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