Drones join in search for missing North Texas woman; friends hold vigil

News 8's Todd Unger has more from Alpine, Texas.

ALPINE, Texas -- Authorities are now using drones as they expand search efforts to find missing 21-year-old Zuzu Verk, a college student at Sul Ross State University.

Verk disappeared almost two weeks ago after a night out with her boyfriend, according to her family. A reward of $100,000 is being offered for information that leads to finding the young woman.

The boyfriend, Robert Fabian, remains a person of interest in the case, but Alpine police say he has refused to cooperate with their investigation. It's something that continues to frustrate the Verk family, most of whom have traveled from Keller, Texas, to Alpine to help in the search.

"Police are saying there’s a lot of missing information they can get from him," Glenn Verk, Zuzu's father, told News 8 in a recent interview.

Police said on Monday that neighboring counties were deploying drones as part of an effort to search around the nearby town of Marathon. The overall search effort has covered some 400 square miles.

Lt. Felipe Fierro said in an email that more interviews with potential witnesses were expected on Tuesday.

Over the weekend, the department asked anyone who saw a white Ford Mustang early on the morning of Oct. 12th to come forward.

A forensics' team is analyzing the car, which is owned by Fabian's friend. He is openly cooperating with investigators, Fierro said.

Some 450 miles away in Keller, close to 100 friends gathered Monday evening at a local park to show solidarity with the Verk family. Some lit candles while others told stories and prayed for their friend's safe return.

Zuzu graduated from Timber Creek High School.

Late Monday, Fabian's attorney said they had no comment.  

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