Two teenagers in Louisiana are accused of killing an Arizona professor whose remains were found in a dump, about four months after his disappearance.
Junseok Chae disappeared was reported on March 25 when he didn’t return home from work at Arizona State University and his car was found just one week later in Louisiana.
Javian Ezel and Gabriel Austin, both 18, were charged in connection with his murder on Friday after they were arrested and an unnamed third person driving a professor’s car on March 30.
Their police statements led the officers to believe that Chae was killed and started the chase on landfill on May 11.
However, it took another 48 days for investigators to find his body, despite research that cost hundreds of thousands of dollars an average of 15 people a day while checking the site.
Human remains were finally discovered in the Northwest Regional Landfill and identified as Professor.
The motive for his killing has not been revealed, and the method of his death has not been revealed.
The Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office was first alerted to teenagers after receiving a call from the police in Shreveport, Louisiana, on March 30.
The officers there answered a “suspicious” vehicle and found the suspects and the third person in what they later discovered was the professor’s car.
After talking to Ezel and Austin, the police believed that Chae was killed in Maricopa County and the investigation found “several elements of evidence” there.
Another investigation found that he was killed near the Carvery Highway and Seventh Street.
According to ABC News, the authorities believed that Chai’s body was placed in a trash bin and then transported to the landfill.
Their suspicions were confirmed when they began searching for remains there on May 11 and repelled “relevant evidence”.
However, it took more than a month to find his body.
According to Arizona Central, a 48-day search for the landfill cost the Sheriff’s Office $ 304,000.
They searched 15 people a day, and worked for about 10 hours.
“I still admire the hard work of our representatives,” Sheriff Penzon said in a statement.
“Their perseverance in a very complex and demanding case will now allow the victim’s family to be closed for what has certainly been a difficult period. Investigative efforts to recover a body from a landfill are rarely crowned successfully.
Ezel and Austin were recently extradited from Louisiana to Arizona to face their charges and seized first-degree murders, armed robbery, and vehicle theft on Friday.
Their bail is set for every million dollars.
Chae is said to have been an accomplished academic and educator.
According to the CV on the university’s website, he graduated from Korea University in Seoul in 1998.
He then obtained two advanced degrees from the University of Michigan before joining Arizona State University as a professor in 2005 at the College of Electrical Engineering, Cimpoter and Energy.
Among his accomplishments, Chai received four patents, published more than 150 academic papers, and authored a thousand books.
“We are saddened by the loss of the ASU Junseok Chae community,” the university said in a statement.
“Our condolences go out to Professor Chai’s family and friends.