Louisiana Teens Left Body of Missing ASU Professor in a Dumpster: Police

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ASU/Maricopa County Sheriff's Office
ASU/Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office

The case of a lacking Arizona State University professor who vanished in March took a darkish activate Friday as police introduced his stays have been present in a landfill, allegedly dumped there by two Louisiana youngsters.

Junseok Chae, affiliate dean for analysis at ASU’s School of Engineering, was reported lacking March 25 when he didn’t return home from work on the college. Authorities started looking out a dump in Surprise, Arizona on May 11, however they solely found his physique on July 17 after a weeks-long manhunt that concerned dozens of individuals working 15-hour shifts and price lots of of hundreds of {dollars}. Police say they discovered associated proof within the landfill as properly.

Two youngsters, Javian Ezell, 19, and Gabrielle Austin, 18, have been arrested in Shreveport, Louisiana after allegedly being caught driving the professor’s automobile. They face prices of first-degree homicide, car theft, and armed theft.

Police say the 2 allegedly killed Chae earlier than leaving his physique in a dumpster, which was then emptied out within the landfill. The motive and technique of the alleged homicide weren’t instantly clear, and police haven’t disclosed what relation, if any, the 2 teenagers needed to the professor.

Each is being held on a $1 million bond after extradition to Arizona.

Chae, who obtained his undergraduate diploma in South Korea, had labored at ASU researching and educating electrical engineering and pc science since 2005. He held 4 patents, had printed greater than 150 tutorial papers, and authored a e book, in accordance with ASU’s web site.

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