Police search for missing Keller woman in West Texas

Allison Harris reports.

A woman from Keller who's been going to college in West Texas has been missing now for nearly a week.

The woman’s father says she went on a date the night before she disappeared. It was when she missed a midterm and a shift at work that they began to worry.

The woman’s former boyfriend, Tony Alvarez, says police did not talk to him.He says the last time he talked to her, she had expressed that she was feeling unsafe.

Tony Alvarez says he met his high school sweetheart, Zuzu Verk in Algebra sophomore year at Timber Creek High School in Keller.

"Wherever she goes, she's just meeting people and having a really good time with anybody,” he explained. "She's really spontaneous. She really likes to do things on the spot. Sometimes, she would go out to like McDonalds to get an ice cream at like 2 in the morning because, you know, we wanted to."

Alvarez hopes Zuzu is camping or doing something adventurous somewhere in West Texas, although he says she’d never want to worry her family.

“I just wish that this whole thing was somehow a misunderstanding,” he said.

Police in Alpine, where she studies conservation biology at Sul Ross State University, have been searching for her for five days. Her father, Glenn Verk, and her mother, who live in Keller, reported her missing Wednesday when she missed a midterm and didn't show up for work that she was passionate about.

"I always kind of admired that about her,” Glenn told KOSA CBS 7. “She really was taking the steering wheel of her life."

Zuzu’s father says she went on a date last Tuesday night. Police want to know where a Jeep and a Miata were between midnight and 10 a.m. the following day. Alvarez says the 2004 Miata is Zuzu's car. Volunteers have been looking for her in Alpine alongside FBI agents, Texas Rangers and family.

"She's brilliant. She's beautiful. She's missing,” the father said.

Alvarez says he spoke to her two weeks ago and told him she wanted to transfer schools. She also talked about her current boyfriend said she was feeling unsafe.

"She just wanted to be somewhere new, that she kind of was in Alpine for a while and just wanted to have something different,” Alvarez recalled.

Alpine police are releasing information through the department's Facebook page. The department posted that she is "possibly endangered". The reward for information is now up to $17,500.

Anyone who spots her is also encouraged to call the Alpine Police Department at 432-837-3486.

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