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Remains identified as ZuZu Verk

by Leigh Egan

Authorities confirmed on Monday that the remains found in Alpine, Texas, in a shallow grave, are ZuZu Verk’s.

NBC News reports that Verk’s remains were found on Friday in Sunny Glen Canyon area, by a Border Patrol officer. According to Brewster County Sheriff Ronny Dodson, the grave was “well concealed.”

“There was a lot of vegetation where this grave is. It would’ve been very hard for anybody to see, just walking on the road. You would’ve really had to get off it, get into the catclaw and to find it like it was.”

Verk was missing for three months before her remains were found. She disappeared on October 11, 2016. Her boyfriend, Robert Fabian, was always considered a suspect in her disappearance but he wasn’t arrested until after her remains were found. Fabian was charged with “tampering with, or fabricating, physical evidence by concealing a human corpse.” His bail was set at $500,000.

Fabian’s friend and alleged conspirator, Chris Estrada, 28, was also arrested in connection with Verk’s disappearance. On Monday, he was charged with concealing a corpse.

Verk’s family members are glad to have closure, although it’s certainly not the kind of closure they wanted. Her mother, Lori Verk, thanked authorities on Monday for never giving up.

“Nobody ever gave up. Nobody ever gave up and their hope kept our hope alive, so grateful for the wonderful job they’ve done.”

Neighbors told authorities that they heard Verk and Fabian arguing on the night of her disappearance. Fabian claims innocence and said the last time he was with her was at the movies on October 11. It’s still unclear if he’ll face additional charges.

[Feature Photo: Family Handout]

Leigh Egan is a crime-fighting journalist and editor who specializes in breaking news and investigative true crime coverage. With more than a decade of experience under her belt, Leigh’s work can be found in a number of high-profile national publications. For Leigh, learning didn’t stop after college. She considers herself a lifelong learner who frequently takes media and journalism courses to keep abreast of the latest happenings and innovations in her field.