FIND ZUZU: Missing Sul Ross student accepted to Texas A&M

Published: Jan. 12, 2017 at 9:53 PM CST
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On October 12, 2016 the Verk family’s lives were forever changed.

“It’s only been three months, but it also feels like it may as well have been three years,” said Lori Verk, the Mother of missing Sul Ross student, Zuzu Verk.

Early that Wednesday morning Zuzu had gone missing, and investigators began honing in on her on-again, off-again boyfriend Robert Fabian, who remains a prime suspect.

This week is especially tough on the Verk’s, who tell us they should’ve been moving their daughter to College Station to begin a new chapter in her life.

Last month Zuzu’s parents received some emotional, yet exciting news in the mail at her house.

It was a symbol of how Zuzu’s success was just getting started.

“Dear Ms. Verk, congratulations, it is my pleasure to inform you of your admission into Texas A&M University, welcome to the Aggie family,” Lori read as she stared down at Zuzu’s acceptance letter.

It’s a letter Zuzu had been anxiously awaiting.

The 21 year-old Sul Ross State University student was ready to take her knowledge and skills to Texas A&M University.

Her major was going to be Bioenvironmental Sciences.

“She believes in conservation, she realizes that we’re not doing a good job of saving this earth, and she wants to get out there and help, help educate and help preserve it,” Lori explained.

This week Lori is supposed to be helping her youngest daughter finish packing, and then hit the road to get Zuzu settled into her new home in College Station.

But instead she’s at Zuzu’s house in Alpine hoping to receive news that her daughter’s been found.

“We know that they (investigators) are getting closer and closer and the grand jury is still planning to meet this month,” Lori said. “We’re hoping for indictments, but it’s still at this point a wait and see kind of game.”

With all eyes on Robert, Lori prays that he decides to cooperate with police.

In the meantime, she has the Texas A&M acceptance packet to hold on to and be proud of.

“Congrats, you did it and this is for Zuzu,” Lori said proudly as she held up the Aggies banner.

Lori tells CBS 7 that she spoke with an administrator for Texas A&M who says they are still holding Zuzu’s place on their campus.