ROANOKE, Va. (WDBJ7) Roanoke police say the human remains found in July near Tinker Creek have been positively identified as missing woman Edme Merle-Perez, who disappeared in March 2017.

Police found the remains in the 2700 block of Radford Road. Merle-Perez lived near the area before her disappearance.

The remains were sent to the medical examiner’s office for identification, a process that took about six months.

Early on in the investigation, police turned their attention to a man named Dayshuan Kent, who had spent time with Merle-Perez shortly before her disappearance.

A grand jury charged Kent with concealing a dead body, credit card theft, and credit card theft in August 2017.

Kent admitted to hiding her remains during a January 3 court hearing. At that time, Kent entered guilty pleas on charges of improper disposal of a body and animal cruelty. In exchange, the credit card charge was dismissed.

Police are still investigating the cause of Merle-Perez’s death.