HOUSTON, Texas (KTRK) -- The burned skeletal remains found in a backyard BBQ pit last July have been identified as belonging to Miranda Rodriguez.
Rodriguez, 24, was reported missing in August 2017. Her family last heard from her right before Hurricane Harvey flooded the city, and ABC13 was with her parents as they searched for her in the days following the storm.
On July 12, 2022, a man hired to clean up the backyard at a home on Peach Creek Drive in southeast Houston found the bones, described as a full skeleton, in a built-in BBQ pit. Investigators said the bones had been burned.
"It's like a lost soul out there, and nobody found it until now," the man told ABC13 at the time.
The identification took almost a year. Houston police confirm that over the weekend, they notified Rodriguez's father.
A family member told ABC13 they are shocked and that they had always hoped she would be found alive.
The Harris County Institute of Forensic Sciences lists both cause and manner of death as "undetermined."
Police say the investigation is ongoing.