The day after Valentine's Day 2014, Jamie Lee Metzger posted a close-up selfie with her boyfriend, Carl Maes, on her Facebook page.

She has a big grin, he looks like he got caught off-guard by the flash of the camera. Friends commented that it was a cute picture, and that they miss Metzger.

For many, it was the last image they saw of the former New Tripoli woman. Two months later, the 37-year-old mother would go missing.

More than three years after her disappearance, authorities on Wednesday again linked the couple — a decomposed body found in a rubber bin last week in a Williams Township home was Metzger, and Maes, who died last month at age 45, had lived there.

Northampton County Coroner Zachary Lysek said fingerprints identified the remains as Metzger's, but the cause and manner of her death remain under investigation.

State police described Maes as an "acquaintance" of Metzger's, and said at one time he lived at 15 Spring Water Court, where her body was found Dec. 7 by one of Maes' brothers, who was cleaning out the basement of their father's home.

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Audrey Hendricks talks about her missing daughter Jamie Lee Metzger. A year after Jamie Lee Metzger disappeared in Allentown, police have few clues.
Curt Maes, the brother, alerted police when he found the bin containing human remains.

Metzger went missing in April 2014, authorities say. She was reported missing to Emmaus police in September 2014 because that's where Metzger's mother was living at the time. The missing person case was later transferred to Allentown police, where Metzger lived.

Northampton County District Attorney John Morganelli said that with Metzger's identification, police will now examine her relationship to others who lived at the Williams Township home — including that of a "now-deceased boyfriend" of hers. Carl Maes died Nov. 2.

"I understand there was a boyfriend, I don't know the person's name, but he lived at that address," Morganelli said. "I understand that friend, that person, is deceased."

Morganelli said Metzger's death will be treated as a crime.

"It's suspicious because generally people don't put themselves in totes and wrap themselves up and die," he said.

Morganelli said police will interview the Maes family and get together details of Metzger's background and her last known movements.

In a 2015 interview, Metzger's mother, Audrey Hendricks, said her daughter, who had two children, had a troubled past due to her abuse of alcohol and painkillers. Metzger had been living a somewhat transient life and five months went by before her family grew concerned enough to report her missing.

At the time the bin was found in Williams Township, state police said the "decomposing body" was several years old.

State police said the Maes family is cooperating with the investigation. In a brief interview Wednesday night at the Spring Water Court home, Chad Maes said he was aware that his late brother's name had come up in the investigation.

"It's one of those things, we want answers," Chad Maes said, adding he was thinking of Metzger and her family.

He said Carl Maes and Metzger dated and may have lived together briefly in Allentown.