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Agencies expand search, reward grows for missing Alpine student

Authorities on Wednesday said that a search for a missing Sul Ross State University student Zuzu Verk had expanded to towns and counties near Alpine.
Authorities on Wednesday said that a search for a missing Sul Ross State University student Zuzu Verk had expanded to towns and counties near Alpine. Courtesy

The search expanded Wednesday to other Texas counties for a missing former Timber Creek High School student who last seen a week ago in far West Texas.

And the reward increased to $30,000 for any information on Zuzu Verk, 21, a Sul Ross State University student who has been missing since Oct. 12.

Authorities announced Wednesday that the search for Verk, a graduate of Timber Creek High School in the Keller school district, would expand to include Marathon, Marfa and Fort Davis and the counties of Jeff Davis and Presidio.

The Texas towns and counties are just a few miles from Alpine ,where Verk, a junior at Sul Ross State, went to college.

Verk was last heard from on Oct. 12, according to an Alpine Police Department news release, and is considered possibly in danger. She went on a date Tuesday night but didn’t show up to class or work Wednesday, her father, Glenn Verk, told KRLD.

Authorities have asked residents to provide any information about seeing a gray 2006 Jeep Liberty and a 2004 Mazda Miata convertible with a beige top being driven between the hours of midnight and 10:00 a.m. Oct. 12.

Alpine police posted on Facebook that ground and air searches continued around Alpine. Representives from Texas Equusearch also were on the scene. Agencies involved in the search include the Brewster County Sheriff’s Office, Reeves County Sheriff’s Office and the Pecos County Sheriff’s Office.

Also assisting are troopers with the Texas Department of Public Safety, Texas Parks and Wildlife and the Texas Forest Service.

Federal agencies helping are the U.S. Customs and Border Patrol, Texas Department of Corrections, Drug Enforcement Administration and the National Park Service.

Domingo Ramirez Jr.: 817-390-7763, @mingoramirezjr

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