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FORT WORTH (CBSDFW.COM) – The case of a missing college student from North Texas has been resolved after authorities in Apline have confirmed that newly discovered remains are of the 21-year-old Zuzu Verk.
It was late last week when investigators set up camp just west of Alpine, about 220 miles southeast of El Paso near the U.S.-Mexico border. It was there where a border patrol agent found a body in a shallow grave – just a few miles from the home of Verk’s ex-boyfriend, Robert Fabian.
Authorities sent the remains off for testing and received a positive match Monday afternoon.
“We do have a positive ID through dental records that the body found last week in Brewster County is that of Zuzu Verk,” said Brewster County Sheriff Ronny Dodson.
A day after the remains were found, officers arrested Fabian for tampering with or fabricating physical evidence by concealing a human corpse.
Police had searched Fabian’s home before the remains were found and said information gathered then and later led them to take action. Alpine Police Chief Russell Scown said, “We had evidence to begin with. We recovered more evidence at the scene, and so we felt the time was right to make that arrest.”
Verk hasn’t been seen alive since last October. The Keller native was attending college at Sul Ross State University in Alpine.
Fabian, 26, was arraigned from his Alpine jail cell this morning. His bail was set at $500,000.
According to authorities, police in Phoenix, Arizona have now arrested Fabian’s friend Chris Estrada and have charged him with tampering with evidence.
Later, at approximately 1:25 p.m., Chris Estrada was arrested in Phoenix, Arizona on a warrant for Tampering with or Fabricating Physical Evidence by Concealing a Human Corpse in relation to the Verk case.
Phoenix Police made the arrest and Estrada was taken to the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office for processing.
The extradition process will begin to bring Estrada to Alpine.
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