The boyfriend and last person known to have seen a missing 22-year-old Sul Ross State student from Tarrant County is not cooperating with detectives, Alpine police said in a news conference.
Zuzu Verk of 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 boyfriend, whom Verk’s father referred to as Robert, hired an attorney and has refused to talk with detectives, Alpine Police Chief Russel Scown said.
“Unfortunately we have one individual who we believe does have information who has refused to come and talk to us,” Scown said.
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Over 120 officers and volunteers along with 25 investigators have been working on the case, he said. They have conducted over 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 now $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.
“When you talk about all the hundreds of people all over the state that are working actively to help solve this and bring Zuzu back to her family and one individual who won’t, that ought to tell you something,” Scown said
Authorities are seeking information from anyone who saw a gray 2006 Jeep Liberty and a 2004 Mazda Miata convertible with a beige top being driven between midnight and 10 a.m. Oct. 12.
This report contains material from the Star-Telegram archives.