“I continue to be impressed by the hard work of our deputies. Their perseverance in an extremely complex and demanding case will now allow the victim’s family closure to what has surely been a difficult period. Investigative efforts to recover a body from a landfill are rarely successful,” Sheriff Paul Penzone said in the statement.
Ezell and Austen were extradited to Arizona and are now in the Maricopa County Jail being held on $1 million bonds. They face first-degree murder, armed robbery and theft of means of transportation charges.
Chae joined the ASU faculty in 2005 after receiving his undergraduate degree from Korea University in Seoul, as well as his master’s degree and doctorate from the University of Michigan, according to the university’s website. He has been published more than 150 times, authored one book and held four U.S. patents.
In a Reddit post in May, a former student of Chae’s wrote that their engineering class “was never told what happened to him until the end of the semester” when a new professor informed them that he was missing.
“He was a really nice man and really cared about the students learning and if the worst has happened then ASU lost a top notch professor,” the student wrote.
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