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Missing Arizona State professor’s remains found in landfill

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Posted at 7:18 PM, Jul 25, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-25 20:18:47-04

SURPRISE, Ariz. (AP) — Officials say the remains of a missing Arizona State University professor have been found in an Arizona landfill and two Louisiana teens have been arrested in connection with his death.

The remains of Junseok Chae were located in a Surprise, Arizona, landfill following an extensive search that began in May, the Arizona Republic reports.

Investigators recovered several pieces of evidence from the scene, and detectives eventually determined the suspects put Chae’s body in a dumpster that was ultimately deposited in the landfill west of Phoenix.

Maricopa County Sheriff’s officials say Chae went missing earlier this year and investigators later concluded he was the victim of a homicide. Two Louisiana teens have been extradited to Arizona after police in Shreveport, Louisiana, found Chae’s car.

Javian Ezell, 18, and Gabrielle Austin, 18, were in Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office custody on Friday. Their bond was set at $1 million each, with each facing charges of first-degree murder, armed robbery, and vehicle theft.

Officials did not cite a possible motive for the killing.

It was not known if the teens had lawyers yet.

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