El Paso, TX (KTSM) - Alpine Police and the Brewster County Sheriff's Department say that they have positively identified the remains located in a shallow grave northwest of Alpine, Texas Friday as those of ZuZu Verk.
Verk, a 22-year-old Sul Ross State University student, was last seen October 12, 2016 after she went on a date with her boyfriend, Robert Fabian. Two days later Fabian officially reported her missing after she'd failed to go to school or report to her work study program for two days.
Fabian has been arrested and charged with concealing human corpse and may be facing additional charges at the conclusion of the autopsy.
Authorities also say that Fabian's friend, Chris Estrada, who is being held in Phoenix has also been charged with concealing human corpse and is awaiting extradition to the Big Bend area.
An extensive search of the Big Bend region yielded few leads for investigators in the days and weeks following Verk's disappearance last fall.
Early on, Brewster County Sheriff's Officials said that Verk's boyfriend, Fabian along with several members of his family and a friend, identified as Chris Estrada were identified as persons of interest in Verk's disappearance. Fabian did not participate in any searches for Verk's body and law enforcement said that he refused to cooperate with the investigation very early on.
On Friday, investigators located human remains in a shallow grave on Wagon Road in the Sunny Glenn area northwest of Alpine. Monday, the medical examiner's office positively identified the remains through dental records as belonging to Verk.
Sheriff's and Police say that additional arrests may also be coming within the coming days.
Verk was a native of Keller, Texas in the Dallas area and was studying Conservation Biology at Sul Ross at the time of her death.