The Garfield County Sheriff’s Office reported Thursday night that DNA tests conducted by the Colorado Bureau of Investigation have confirmed the human remains found on July 12 four miles east of Battlement Mesa are those of Mary Comiskey.
Comiskey disappeared in December 2005. Now that the remains have been positively identified and the family notified, the sheriff’s office “will continue its investigation into the cause of death,” according to the statement the office released Thursday night. “Since this is an active investigation, no further information will be released at this time.”
Attempts by the Post Independent to reach the family this week were not successful.
Hikers found the remains on private property a short distance off County Road 309 last Friday. Sheriff’s officials worked with the CBI through the night to collect the remains and investigate the scene.
Comiskey, who was 22 at the time of her disappearance and the mother of two children, was last seen around 4:30 p.m. on Dec. 17, 2005, in the Morrisania Mesa area, in the vicinity of County Roads 301 and 355. County Road 309 is located just a short distance to the north of those roads, separated by rugged, sage-covered terrain.
Authorities said at the time that they did not believe foul play was involved. According to a Post Independent article at the time, Comiskey apparently wandered away after she and a half sister had driven to a friend’s residence. The half sister went inside and returned to the vehicle a short time later and found Comiskey gone.
“We don’t believe foul play is involved,” Garfield County Sheriff Lou Vallario said then.
Comiskey’s case is profiled on The Charley Project website (www.charleyproject.org), which focuses on missing person cold cases across the United States. The profile indicates Comiskey’s live-in boyfriend, Bill Sonnier, showed up at the residence about 10 minutes later, but said he hadn’t seen her.
The report also indicates that Comiskey had become involved with a group of methamphetamine users, and that her behavior had become erratic.
“Authorities stated there is no evidence of foul play in Comiskey’s case, but it’s uncharacteristic of her to leave without warning,” the Charley Project profile states, adding that some family members suspect she may have been murdered.