GARFIELD COUNTY, Colo. - Human remains found July 12 in Garfield County have been identified as a missing 22-year-old mother of two who disappeared in late 2005.
The Garfield County Sheriff's Office said that lab results on the remains came back Thursday and DNA analysis confirmed the remains found near Battlement Mesa are those of Mary Comiskey.
Mary and her half-sister had driven to a home on another county road in the area and the half-sister had gone inside. Mary was gone when the half-sister returned to the van. Comiskey's boyfriend -- 20 years her senior -- reportedly arrived at the home about 10 minutes later, according to a 2010 Cold Case story from our partners at the Denver Post. There was a snowstorm going through the area at the time she disappeared.
A few days later, searchers found Comiskey's denim jacket about 20 yards off County Road 309 on top of about a foot of new snow in an apple orchard. A syringe was found nearby, the Post reported.
Her remains were found by hikers on July 12, a short distance off the same county road.
Comiskey’s family has indicated she had gotten involved with a drug-using crowd before her disappearance. The Denver Post reported her boyfriend Bill Sonnier had been arrested on drug-related charges.
"Bill has an extensive criminal history," Bill Middleton, investigations commander for the Sheriff’s Department confirmed on Monday, the Daily Sentinel reported.
A cause of death has not been released.
Denver Post Cold Case Story: http://ch7ne.ws/13RMMuy
Daily Sentinel Story: http://ch7ne.ws/12YUk8v