While authorities continue to search the Alpine area for a missing woman from Fort Worth, friends and family are planning to gather tonight in Keller for a candlelight vigil.
The vigil for Zuzu Verk starts at 7:30 p.m. at Bear Creek Park, 400 Bear Creek Park Road, in Keller, according to a Facebook event page.
Verk, of far north Fort Worth, went missing Oct. 12 in Alpine. She went on a date the night before and never showed up for work or class the next day.
The latest updates from the Alpine Police Department were posted on Facebook on Sunday, saying that investigators have reviewed hundreds of hours of surveillance videos. The videos “have provided key evidence in the investigation,” the Facebook page says. Police also took a white 2016 Ford Mustang, calling it “a key piece of evidence in this case.”
Alpine police asked that anyone with information about Verk’s whereabouts, the Mustang or more surveillance video footage from the early morning hours of Oct. 12 to contact them at 432-837-3486.
A GoFundMe campaign was created late last week to raise money for the Verk family. Nearly $10,000 had been raised by early Monday.
Verk’s boyfriend, whom her father called Robert, hired an attorney and has refused to talk with detectives, police Chief Russel Scown said during a news conference Friday.
“Unfortunately we have one individual who we believe does have information who has refused to come and talk to us,” Scown said.
More than 120 officers and volunteers along with 25 investigators have been working on the case, he said. They have conducted more than 100 interviews and statements, ordered dozens of search warrants and have mounds of evidence including computers, cellphones and vehicles, he said.
“If you would please come and cooperate with the police, help us and help them,” Glenn Verk pleaded to Zuzu’s boyfriend at the news conference. “I know that you love her — I hope that you do, and this would be a way to show it.”
On Friday, Alpine police posted a notice on their Facebook page of the $100,000 reward, up from $7,500 initially. The post includes photos of Verk and a physical description: white female, 5 feet tall, 110 pounds, blond hair and hazel eyes.
“If you love Zuzu as much as you say you do, over and over, you will come down and you will help the police bring my sister home,” Zuzu’s brother said through tears.
The search for the former Timber Creek High School student has expanded from Alpine to include Marathon, Marfa and Fort Davis and the counties of Jeff Davis and Presidio. The Texas towns and counties are a few miles from Alpine, where Verk attends Sul Ross State.