The Onslow County Sheriff's Office and Federal Bureau of Investigation have arrested 32-year-old Earl Kimrey in connection to the disappearance of 3-year-old Mariah Woods.
She says Kimery, saw the child later that night.
Miller said authorities will look at anything found and decide whether they need to look in another area.
Authorities have arrested a man in connection with the disappearance of a 3-year-old North Carolina girl. Woods told WCTI-TV in New Bern earlier in the week.
Onslow County Sheriff Hans Miller said at a news conference that deputies are just as determined to bring the girl home as they were when it was still possible she was alive.
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Investigators posted, "Due to evidence gathered during the course of the investigation, it is believed that Mariah is deceased". He is also charged with second-degree burglary, felony larceny and possession of stolen property, authorities said. He told investigators the girl woke up and he told her to go back to sleep.
NBC affiliate WRAL that Kimrey lived in the home with Mariah and her mother.
The warrant says that Mariah died of "unnatural causes" and that Kimrey "acted with deceit and intent to defraud but doesn't provide additional details about how Mariah died". Her body has not been found.
He was being held in the Onslow County Detention Center with bail set at $1,010,000.
Officials said more than 700 people came Friday to join the search for the toddler.
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The search was organized in connection with the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children.
They were sent straight to the FBI's base in Quantico, Virginia, for testing on Wednesday afternoon. We have got to find her.
Records reportedly show that Kimrey broke into a home and stole two dressers around the time Woods disappeared, according to WNCN.
Kristy, who this week disabled her Facebook account after posting the missing person's appeal for her daughter, claimed that Mariah was taken by a stranger.
A statement from the Federal Bureau of Investigation said Friday's initial search finished more quickly than anticipated because of the number of people who turned out. They said no information is too small or insignificant when looking for the missing child.
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