Human remains found in Liberty County identified as mother of 5 who disappeared in 2016

Human skeletal remains that were found in Liberty County have been identified as those of Esmeralda Paragas-Nunez, a mother of five children who's been missing since Aug. 3, 2016, authorities said.

Officials said the skeletal remains were discovered by a property owner on Aug. 28, 2016. After a two-day search, police said they were able to recover 85 percent of the skeletal remains.

The remains were tested by the Jefferson County Medical Examiner's Office and the skeletal remains' DNA were recently confirmed by the Liberty County Sheriff's Office as Paragas-Numez's.

Houston police were part of the investigation.

READ: Mother of 5 disappears, police say

What happened to Esmeralda Paradas-Nunez the day she disappeared?

A family friend, Flavio Salinas, told Channel 2 News that Esmeralda worked at the Snow Flake Donut & Deli shop at I-45 at Gulf Bank Road. 

Salinas said on Aug. 3, 2016, Paragas-Nunez was supposed to meet a woman she had recently met through work at a park near Veterans Memorial Drive. The woman said she never showed up. 

“As unfortunate as it sounds, I think she was kidnapped and she's definitely in danger,” Salinas said.

The cause of death is unknown. No arrests have been made.

A cash reward is being offered to anyone who can provide information about a person or persons responsible for Paragas-Nunez's death.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Liberty County Sheriff's Office at 936-336-4500, the Houston Police Department Missing Person Division at 832-394-1840 or the Multi-County Crime Stoppers at 1-800-392-7867.

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