Blog: Verk family embraced at Alpine prayer vigil

Published: Feb. 4, 2017 at 11:59 AM CST
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We are updating this blog with the latest information following today's arrest of Robert Fabian after a body was found.
7:45 p.m. Update:

Community members embrace Lori and Glenn Verk at a prayer vigil in Alpine.

7:30 p.m. Update:

According to the sister of Robert Fabian police had a search warrant to pick up shovels and hand tools, pitch forks, and any other tools used to dig or remove soil or natural ground.

"This is where my children live, whether people want to believe me or not, I would never do anything to jeopardize that. It's always been clean and safe for them," said Carrillo, Fabian's sister.

7:00 p.m. Update:

The scene where the body was found at the shallow grave has now been cleared.

5:40 p.m. Update:

Law enforcement is now searching through different vehicles at the home of Robert Fabian's sister, according to a CBS 7 reporter on scene.

4 p.m. Update:

Search continues at site of remain discovery, investigation may wrap by Saturday evening.

“We’re still collecting evidence,” said Brewster Co. Sheriff’s Office Chief Deputy Ryan Skelton. Read the full story and watch video from the press conference

1:40 p.m. Update:

Additional remains have been found on Saturday.

According to Brewster County Sheriff Ronny Dodson, finding more remains will allow investigators to better determine a cause.

Among those found today included remains that are 'crucial' to the identification and investigation, Sheriff Dodson says.

The sheriff's office is planning on taking the remains to the University of North Texas for testing either Saturday night or Sunday morning. The scene where the body was found is expected to be cleared by tonight.

Alpine Police Chief Russell Scown also tells CBS 7 that a warrant for Robert Fabian was already in the works before a body was found Friday morning.


Everything we know so far:

There have been several developments after a body was found outside of Alpine Friday morning.

At 10:00 a.m. Friday, the Brewster County Sheriff's Office was notified by a U.S. Border Patrol agent that human remains had been found in a shallow grave near Sunny Glen Canyon, northwest of Alpine.

The sheriff's office, Alpine Police Department, and Texas Rangers then responded to the location and established a perimeter.

According to BCSO, the remains appeared to be disturbed.

""It looks like an animal might have dug it up and scattered it about. Now we have to piece it all back together," Sheriff Ronny Dodson said during a phone interview.

A forensics team was called to the scene, and the plan became for the remains to be taken to the University of North Texas in order to both identify them and find additional evidence.

The Verk family then flew to Alpine and were picked up by members of the Alpine Police Department other than Zuzu's mother Lori, who was already living in Alpine temporarily.

In an interview with CBS 7, Lori stated she believed that the body was her daughter.

“It’s not over yet, not by a long shot,” Lori said with determination. “I want to find out exactly what, when, why, how, who -- that’s what I want to find out.”

Just before 10 a.m. Saturday, it was announced that the Alpine Police Department had arrested boyfriend Robert Fabian with a warrant for tampering with or fabricating physical evidence by concealing a human corpse.

Another release by the Alpine Police Department stated that evidence at the scene, including human remains, have features which are consistent with a match to Zuzu, though no formal identification had been made.

As of now, Fabian remains in custody at the Brewster County Jail.

You can find our full coverage of the disappearance of Zuzu Verk online