Verk reportedly was supposed to be on a romantic dinner date with Fabian kicking off with a movie they saw with a group of friends on the evening.It was all supposed to end with a back massage. By the end of day howevr she was reported missing and later found dead, according to police affidavits released Tuesday.
Investigators who said their investigations had been pointing to her boyfriend say among the activities of suspect which have come to light is his purchase of three large plastic sheets usually used by painters as drop cloths.
Sheets similar to those bought at an Alpine variety store were found with human remains found scattered around a shallow grave in the wilderness outside Alpine in West Texas. Analysis of dental records confirmed that the remains were those of the missing Verk.
Alpine authorities have chargedRobert Fabian with second-degree felony evidence tampering by concealment of a corpse, same as his 28-year-old friend Chris Estrada.
Fabian remained in Brewster County’s jail in Alpine on Tuesday.
Estrada, who had relocated to Phoenix, Arizona in the heat of the investigation, was arrested in Phoenix an unrelated DUI, then faced with a similar corpse concealment charge. He waived extradition Tuesday and is being returned to Texas.
Zuzu Verk – A romantic evening with her boyfriend ended in her death
Fabian told investigators that he had invited Verk to his Alpine apartment the night of Oct. 11 for a romantic dinner and a back rub, according to police sources in Apine, Texas
He said they had a heated argument over comments he made about an ex-girlfriend, and that he escorted Verk to the front door between 2 a.m. and 3 a.m. Oct. 12.
When later confronted with a neighbor’s statement that he [Fabian] had left his apartment early the morning of Oct. 12, Fabian said he left Verk at his apartment about 3 a.m. to drive to a Dairy Queen to reflect on the future of their relationship. On his return to the apartment, he said, he escorted her out and watched her leave.
However, neighbors who live in an apartment below Fabian’s reported hearing the argument between him and Verk, then a loud thud.
They noted that Fabian played a movie very loudly on his television between 1 a.m. and 2 a.m. Oct. 12.
The witnesses reported seeing the suspect again leaving alone in his Jeep about 4 a.m. and was still gone as of 10:30 a.m., while Verk’s car remained parked outside the apartment.
The second suspect, Chris Estrada told investigators that he drove Fabian to an Alpine variety store the evening of Oct. 12 and let Fabian use his credit card to buy plastic drop cloths. Electronic data from his remote computer showed Estrada was at Fabian’s apartment from 10:40 p.m. to 12 a.m.
After the disappearance, Fabian spent his nights on his sister’s couch instead of at his apartment, something friends found odd, according to the affidavits.
One friend quoted him as saying after news of Verk’s disappearance became public, “If I know a really big secret and two people know it, then the other has to be dead.” Seeing the statement frightened the friend, Fabian then said he was only joking, according to an affidavit.
On Friday, a Border Patrol agent last Friday found Verk’s remains in and around a shallow grave, along with plastic drop cloths, near Alpine, about 200 miles southeast of El Paso.
A cause of death was pending Tuesday for Verk. That same day, investigators serving a search warrant confiscated digging tools and soil samples from the home of Fabian’s sister.