Remains found in western Colo. are those of woman missing for 8 years

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GARFIELD COUNTY, Colo. — Human remains found July 12 near Battlement Mesa belong to a woman who went missing in December 2005 authorities said Thursday.

Authorities confirmed through DNA analysis the remains are those of Mary Comiskey.

The remains were found near where the woman went missing east of Battlement Mesa and south of the Colorado River.

Her family says search dogs came within 100 yards of her body during the time immediately after her disappearance eight years ago, but then they lost the scent.

Hikers found the remains on Friday.

The Grand Junction Sentinel reports Mary Comiskey was 22 and the mother of two children.

She and a half-sister had driven to a home on another county road in the area and the half-sister had gone inside, and Comiskey was gone when she returned to the vehicle, according to the Charley Project and a 2010 Denver Post story. Comiskey’s boyfriend, Bill Sonnier, reportedly arrived on the scene 10 minutes later.

Comiskey’s family has indicated she had gotten involved with a drug-using crowd. The Post reported Sonnier had been arrested on drug-related charges.

The Garfield County Sheriff’s Office did not release any more information because of its continuing investigation into Comiskey’s death.