Guerdwich Montimere is still sitting in the Ector County Detention Center, waiting.

And in two communities separated by 1,700 miles, his story still puzzles many and questions remain.

Months after the former Dillard standout was first arrested for posing as a high school sophomore in Texas on May 11, 2010, those most connected to him are still waiting for a resolution to his case.

At Permian High in Odessa, where Montimere, then 22, pretended to be 16-year-old Jerry Joseph, administrators wonder what—if anything—they could have done to keep him out of their school.

Danny Wright, the Permian basketball coach who opened his home to a man he believed was a homeless teen, finds his family is still hurting and adjusting after being deceived.

Meanwhile, the team Wright coached endured taunts all season.

And while Joseph—or Montimere—continues to wait for his Aug. 2 trial date, a mother in South Florida struggles with her own personal pain.

Manikisse Montimere of Tamarac said she hasn't seen or heard from her son Guerdwich in years. The possibility he could have pulled such an elaborate ruse leaves her dismayed.

"I get sad about it all," she said. "I know I have a son named Guerdwich, but I haven't known anything about him and any time I talk about it, it still hurts a lot. I don't know if that's him or not. I can't explain it."

The deception unravels

In February 2007, Guerdwich Montimere helped lead Dillard to the semifinals of the boys state basketball tournament..

The former McDonald's All-American nominee appeared to be headed to a junior college career.

That never happened and many of Montimere's friends and family said they lost touch with the former Panthers standout.

Said Manikisse Montimere: "He left my house after high school and I haven't heard from him. Everyone asks me about him, but I don't know. I don't even know how to reach him."

Last April, two South Florida basketball coaches attending an AAU tournament in Arkansas noticed that a young athlete named Jerry Joseph bore a striking resemblance to Montimere, one of their former players.

After anonymous tips about Joseph's identity poured into school officials and media outlets in Fort Lauderdale and Odessa, an investigation was launched.

Joseph, whose story as a Haitian orphan who moved from Florida to Odessa with the help of his brother had even been featured in the Odessa American newspaper, continued attending classes at Permian throughout the investigation.

But eventually, authorities determined Joseph wasn't the 16-year-old orphan he claimed to be. The American reported in May 2010 that during the course of the investigation, Montimere's "guardian" told police that on April 29, a passport and Social Security card issued to Guerdwich Montimer were found in Montimere's room.

Later, a release by the Ector County Independent School District stated that Montimere confessed to the deception while being questioned.