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The suspected human remains of a missing Texas woman, who was dating former San Francisco 49ers tight end, Kevin Ware Jr., have been recovered nearly eight months after she vanished, officials announced on Friday.
On Dec 9, possible remains —which authorities say they believe belong to 29-year-old Taylor Pomaski — were discovered in northern Harris County, outside of Houston. The exact location from which the remains were excavated wasn’t released by law enforcement.
The cause and manner of death hasn’t been released pending identification of the remains, according to the Harris County’s Institute of Forensic Sciences. As of Monday afternoon, an autopsy hadn’t been completed, online medical examiner case files show.
"Identification of the remains will be carried out by the Institute of Forensic Sciences," Harris County Sheriff Ed Gonzalez said in a statement on social media.
Ware, Pomaski’s boyfriend, is currently in custody on other charges and has been named a person of interest in the ongoing case.
Pomaski was last seen alive on April 25 at a house party at her residence in the 4500 block of Stallion Brook Lane in Spring, Texas, which is also north of Houston. She shared the residence with the former professional athlete.
Her family reported her missing days later.
From the investigation’s early stages, foul play was suspected in her disappearance. Harris County homicide investigators ultimately took over the investigation in May.
"Taylor is a great, bubbly, bubbly woman, and her parents and family and friends miss her a lot," her ex-boyfriend Eric Zuleger told KHOU.
Ware hasn’t officially been charged in Pomaski’s disappearance or suspected homicide.
The 41-year-old was arrested in June by U.S. Marshals on a warrant for failing to appear on misdemeanor traffic charges, including for speeding and driving with an expired license. He’s currently being held without bond at a Montgomery County detention facility, according to online jail records.
A court judge denied his bond, pending the investigation into Pomaski’s disappearance in Harris County. Prosecutors named him as a suspect in his girlfriend’s missing person’s case during the bond hearing, KHOU reported.
he Harris County District Attorney’s Office has since declined to specify on the record whether Ware is currently a suspect, referring questions to the sheriff’s office.
Coby DuBose, Ware’s defense attorney, however, has long-maintained that his client isn’t a suspect in the case.
"In reality, the only court document naming him as a suspect is a filing by the District Attorney’s Office in another county that is trying to convince a judge to hold him without bond,” DuBose told Oxygen.com in June.
DuBose insisted then that Ware has cooperated with law enforcement every step of the way.
"Kevin met with investigators who are investigating Ms. Pomaski’s disappearance and told them everything he knew," he said. "He also let them into his home. And took them room to room."
Neither DuBose nor his co-counsel, Bryan Garris, were immediately available for comment on Monday.
No additional information was released by county investigators this week. The Harris County Sheriff’s Office refrained from issuing a statement when asked to comment on the open case this week.
Ware played a total of 16 career NFL games with both the San Francisco 49ers and the Washington Redskins between 2003 and 2004, according to league stats.
Anyone with information related to the ongoing case is asked to call Crime Stoppers of Houston at 713-222-8477 or can submit an anonymous tip via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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