The remains discovered during a search in the Houston area in December have been identified as those of Taylor Pomaski, the missing girlfriend of former NFL player Kevin Ware, authorities said Saturday.
The identification was made by the Harris County Institute of Forensic Sciences, Harris County Sheriff’s Office senior deputy Thomas Gilliland said via email.
“The investigation is still open and active and homicide investigators are working diligently to close this case,” Gilliland said.
Pomaski, 29, was last seen April 25, 2021 at a party at her home in Spring, Texas, the sheriff’s office said. His disappearance was described as suspicious.
The remains were found Dec. 10 at a site in northern Harris County that had been identified during the investigation, Sheriff Ed Gonzalez said at the time.
Ware, a former tight end for the San Francisco 49ers, was questioned about her disappearance in June, authorities said. The sheriff’s office has not named any suspects or persons of interest.
The former player has been held in the Montgomery County Jail north of Houston for 10 months, according to inmate records. His residence is near Spring.
Ware was being held without bond after allegedly breaching bail conditions for a case involving drug and weapons charges unrelated to the disappearance, according to NBC affiliate KPRC of Houston.
In a June court filing that called for his bail to be revoked, Montgomery County prosecutors described the athlete as a suspect in the Pomaski case, but that designation was not used by lead investigators on the Harris County case.
In December, Ware’s lawyer, Coby DuBose, told KPRC: “This filing is the first time it has been suggested that he is a suspect. »
“He was cooperative,” the lawyer said at the time. “He told the police everything he knew and he led them to his house. »
DuBose did not immediately respond to a request for comment on Saturday.