Human Remains Identified as Zuzu Verk

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The remains found just outside of Alpine Friday have been identified as Zuzu Verk, officials announced Monday. 

“In our hearts, we all knew,” Dodson said during a press conference. “When I walked up there (to the scene where the remains were found) I just knew.”

Police officials found the remains of Verk in a “shallow grave,” which, was about three feet deep, last week and sent them off to be identified.

Dodson said Verk was identified via dental records. 

“You can imagine, in the middle of the night, what kind of hurry they were in to bury someone like they did. For one Its a disgrace.” Dodson said regarding the case. “To think that, with such a shallow grave, the animals (wouldn’t dig that up), they weren’t thinking. I guess they weren’t as smart as they think they are.” 

Chris Estrada has also been arrested and they have more persons of interest, Alpine Police officials said.

Police Chief Russell Scown said the Phoenix Police Department arrested Estrada in Arizona on Monday. 

Just a few weeks ago, Estrada was arrested on a DWI charge, and Sheriff Dodson said he left Alpine soon after being released.  

Verk has been missing since Oct. 12. 

Since then, the lone suspect has been her former boyfriend Robert Fabian.

He was arrested over the weekend and charged with tampering with or fabricating physical evidence by concealing a human corpse, according to previous reports. 

“As the evidence came forth, it was obvious he (Fabian) was being quiet for a reason,” Dodson said Monday.

Fabian appeared in court on Monday and his bond was set at $500,000 with conditions. 

Authorities say they are now trying to answer the questions, “why?”

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