Zuzu Verk, a college student at Alpine, Texas, was last seen on October 12, 2016, and was reported missing by her boyfriend two days later. All evidence pointed to his involvement in her disappearance, but despite a wide ranging on-foot search of the mountainous area, her body was not found until early last Saturday morning when someone located a shallow grave in a nearby canyon with human remains scattered about, no doubt by animal scavengers. All this time her boyfriend and his family have protested his innocence, but refused to aid in the search for her. He has finally been arrested, and Zuzu's parents were called to the gravesite by the Texas Rangers; after a breather, they participated in an impromptu memorial gathering and thanked members of the Alpine community for their love and support, and untiring efforts to find Zuzu. My heart has wept for this family these past months and I am grateful that they will at last have closure, but I cannot imagine being a mother or father trying to breathe when brought face to face with the horror of their child's demise.
(Note: You can read more about this story and follow updates by Googling Zuzu Verk. Please keep her family in your prayers.)
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