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Community members react to death of three-year-old girl

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(NBC) - This weekend, the search for 3-year-old Mariah Woods ended tragically.

Authorities say they found remains Saturday believed to be those of the little girl who was reported missing Monday.

The child's disappearance and her death have shaken a North Carolina community.

Near the Jacksonville, North Carolina home of Mariah Woods, a sign reads," Sweet baby Mariah. We love you."

Members of the community brought flowers, a tiara, and stuffed animals.

3 -year old Mariah Woods was reported missing November 27. Her disappearance set off a widespread search... a search that ended Saturday.

Sheriff Hans Miller, with the Onslow County Sheriff's Office, said" "We have recovered what we believe are the remains of little Mariah Woods. We were all hoping for a better outcome." 

Ernie Lee, the Onslow County District Attorney, added,"It's been a very difficult week, it's been a trying week, it's been a challenging week." 

32-year-old Earl Kinney, the boyfriend of the little girl's mother, is charged in connection with her death.

Meanwhile, in Jacksonville, the memorial for Mariah Woods grows, and a community reaches out to one another.

Earl Kinney is scheduled to be in court Monday.  He is charged with concealing a death, obstruction of justice and other charges.

He is being held on a 1-million dollar bond.

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