EXCLUSIVE: Chris Estrada says he is now being considered a suspect in Zuzu Verk's disappearance

Published: Jan. 3, 2017 at 11:01 PM CST
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It’s been almost three months since Sul Ross State University student Zuzu Verk went missing and now we’re learning there may be a second suspect in the case.

In an exclusive interview with Chris Estrada, he explains why he believes he's no longer a person of interest, but instead a suspect.

Before Robert Fabian stepped foot inside a Brewster County courtroom last month, his longtime friend Chris was brought in to be questioned before the grand jury.

Robert was Zuzu’s on-again, off-again boyfriend and has been the sole suspect in the case.

Confident that he has nothing to hide, Chris waived his rights to an attorney and chose to answer questions for over three hours.

But what he didn't see coming was the news that he was allegedly no longer being looked as just a person of interest in Zuzu’s disappearance.

"Just said that I am a suspect for concealing and tampering with evidence," Chris said.

CBS 7 News: Do you have any fear that you might be arrested for this?

"I wouldn't say fear, if they do I would be disappointed,” Chris replied. “You know, them wanting to blame me or not, I still don't know what happened to Zuzu."

But Alpine Police Chief Russell Scown can't confirm or deny Chris' claim of now being considered a suspect along with Robert.

However, it's a claim that Zuzu's mom says she wouldn't doubt is true.

"Chris Estrada has cooperated with the police. Has he given them any information worth anything? No. None whatsoever," said Zuzu’s mom Lori Verk.

Despite what investigators, the community, and Zuzu's family believe, Chris is steadfast in his claims that both he and Robert are innocent.

"In the end, whether people want to believe me or not, we're all on the same team,” Chris said. “And we have all been, not just us, a lot of people have been affected by this tragedy and I’m not going to hide from it -- I'd rather answer everyone's questions. I still have faith that there won't need to be any arrests, at least on my end."

As for Zuzu's parents, they say investigators are getting closer to finding out what really happened to their daughter.

"A young woman cannot just disappear into thin air, so there has to be evidence somewhere, and we will find it, they will find it," Lori said with determination.

Sources tell us the grand jury will be reconvening once again in the near future.

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