ONSLOW COUNTY, N.C. – The boyfriend of Mariah Woods’ mother appeared before a judge for the first time Monday morning in connection with the 3-year-old girl’s death.

Earl Kimrey, 32, is facing several charges, including concealing a death and obstruction of justice.

Kimrey said nothing during his appearance and that lasted less than three minutes. He was seen in court wearing a bulletproof vest under his orange jumpsuit.

On Saturday, authorities in Jacksonville, North Carolina found what they believe to be the remains of 3-year-old Mariah Woods.

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

On Monday, the medical examiner’s office completed the autopsy on the body of the young child recovered from the creek. The office has yet to definitively say that it is Mariah Woods.

Woods was reported missing November 27. Her disappearance set off a widespread, nearly week-long search.

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The search ended Saturday with the discovery of Woods’ remains and the arrest of the boyfriend of Mariah’s mother.

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

Kimrey’s next court date is set for December 18.