Unidentified Human Remains Discovered in Shallow Grave Outside Alpine; Search for Zuzu Verk Continues

Remains found in a shallow West Texas grave have not been identified

What to Know

  • Zuzu Renee Verk, 22, was last seen in Alpine Oct. 12, 2016 and was reported missing by her boyfriend two days later.
  • Robert Fabian, Verk's boyfriend, was named a suspect; police say he's uncooperative in the investigation.
  • A reward of $200,000 has been offered for information in the case.

Police say unidentified human remains have been found outside a small West Texas town where law enforcement and volunteers have been searching for missing 22-year-old college student Zuzu Verk since last October.

Alpine police said the remains were located in a shallow grave off Wagon Road in Sunny Glen, northwest of Alpine. Officials have released no descriptive information about the remains or shared any details about how and when they were found.

Additionally, police have not said whether or not they believe the remains could be Verk. The remains will be sent to The University of North Texas for positive identification. It is not known when the identification will be made.

Verk was reported missing Oct. 14, 2016 by her boyfriend Robert Fabian, who told police he'd last seen her two days before. Police said last fall Fabian had been named a suspect in the woman's disappearance and that he'd refused to answer any questions in the investigation since reporting her missing.

Verk, who is originally from the Fort Worth area, was a student at Sul Ross State University in Alpine.

The Brewster County Sheriff's Department and the Texas Rangers are assisting the Alpine Police Department with the investigation.

Anyone with information in the woman's disappearance is asked to contact Alpine police at 432-837-3486. Callers may remain anonymous. A reward of $200,000 for information leading to an arrest and indictment in the case was previously offered.

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