Kevin Ware Jr., a former NFL player, has been arrested in connection to the disappearance of his girlfriend Taylor Pomaski after she vanished in April. The 40-year-old tight end was questioned by police last week.

Ware, who played for the San Francisco 49ers, was identified as a suspect during a bond hearing on Wednesday. The court filing, written by a prosecutor in Montgomery County, asserted that Kevin Ware was a suspect in a murder investigation, relating to the disappearance of his girlfriend, Taylor Pomaski.

Coby DuBose, Ware’s lawyer, claimed “that’s the first time we’ve seen it” and that the “filing in the first time it’s been suggested that [Kevin Ware Jr.] is a suspect.” The assistant district attorney’s comments that pin Ware as a suspect was part of a motion asking that Ware’s bail be increased or denied entirely.

Taylor Pomaski was last seen in April after a house party in Texas that she and Ware attended together. No one has interacted with her since April 25, and it is now suspected that foul play could be the cause. Before Wednesday’s court filing, no suspects had been identified in the case, though Kevin Ware was brought in for questioning after being arrested for violating a court order.

Kevin Ware is a suspect in missing person's case. The ex-NFL player's lawyer claims this is the first they've heard about it.
Kevin Ware Jr. is a suspect in the disappearance of his girlfriend Taylor Pomaski. Photo Credit: Montgomery County Jail

Ware was taken into custody on June 11 after he failed to report for bond supervision for prior gun and drug charges. While in custody, investigators were intent on speaking with Kevin Ware about the mysterious vanishing of his 29-year-old girlfriend. At the time, Pomaski’s family was happy that Ware was back in jail and expected the new development would lead to a break in the case.

Since his arrest, no new information regarding Pomaski’s disappearance has been revealed, though homicide investigators suspect foul play. Authorities have questioned several people in connection to the investigation, but no other suspects have been identified. Though Ware has not been officially charged with her murder, investigators now suspect him.

During the night of the party, the last time Pomaski was seen, “a fight broke out with [Ware] and Taylor, and, from what we understand, the fight got fairly violent,” according to Tim Miller, the founder of nonprofit missing-person search group, Texas EquuSearch.

“This certainly is in no way going to have a happy ending,” Miller continued. Authorities have not revealed whether Pomaski’s remains have been found.

According to his lawyer, Kevin Ware Jr. has been cooperating with authorities in the investigation. “He’s told the police everything that he knows and led them through his house,” DuBose said. “He’s let them in his home, and that’s really all we’re going to say about that.”

When asked whether Ware was involved with Taylor Pomaski’s disappearance, Coby DuBose said that “I’m not going to talk about that. Certainly, I don’t think so. We don’t know any facts that suggest that.” DuBose, who is a part of Ware’s legal team, is requesting copies of reports, statements, and other materials related to the Pomaski investigation.

The former NFL player is scheduled to appear before a judge on Tuesday, June 29 for his bond hearing. Kevin Ware has a long legal history. The former Washington Redskins and San Francisco 49ers tight end was first arrested on June 27, 2010 in Houston for evading arrest.

Since then, Ware has been arrested for speeding and the possession of illegal substances. He was arrested and charged with two counts of Possession with Intent to Deliver a Controlled Substance and was released from jail on April 20, 2021, after posting a $23,000 bond.