Jun Seok Chae Wiki – Jun Seok Chae Biography
The murdered professor was identified as Jun Seok Chae, who was reported missing in March after failed to attend a planned Zoom lesson for students.
Junseok Chae, associate dean for research at ASU’s School of Engineering, was reported missing March 25 when he didn’t return home from work at the university. Authorities began searching a dump in Surprise, Arizona on May 11, but only discovered his body on July 17 after a weeks-long manhunt that involved dozens of people working 15-hour shifts and cost hundreds of thousands of dollars. Police say they also found related evidence in the landfill.
After several weeks of investigations, Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office officials determined that in May, Chae’s remnants could be in the Northwest Territorial District Landfill outside Phoenix. The human remains discovered at the station on July 17 were later identified as Chaes by the Maricopa County Medical Office.
Gabrielle Austin and Javian Ezell, killed Professor Chae during an armed robbery, placed the body in a trash dumpster, stole his car, and traveled to Louisiana.
The remains of an Arizona State University engineering professor were found in a landfill last week – four months after he went missing, authorities confirmed Friday.
Chae was reported missing on March 25 after he didn’t return home from work. The Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office says detectives from Shreveport, Louisiana contacted them after his disappearance and said Javian Ezell, Gabrielle Austin and a third person were pulled over while driving in Chae’s car.
Investigators believe, Chae, the Associate Dean for Research at ASU’s school of engineering, was killed near Carefree Highway and 7th Street in Maricopa County.
His body was discovered in a dumpster at Northwest Regional Landfill in Surprise.
Deputies searched the landfill from May 11 until his body was found on July 17. And a medical examiner was able to positively identify the body as Chae.
They also announced that the two suspects were returned to Arizona to face death-related murder and other charges. The suspects were arrested on 30 March in Louisiana after their vehicle was found to be a missing professor.
Javian Ezell, 19, and Gabrielle Austin, 18, were arrested in Shreveport, Louisiana after allegedly being caught driving the professor’s car. They face charges of first-degree murder, vehicle theft, and armed robbery.
Police say the two allegedly killed Chae before leaving his body in a dumpster, which was then emptied out in the landfill. The motive and means of the alleged murder were not immediately clear, and police have not disclosed what relation, if any, the two teens had to the professor.
Each is being held on a $1 million bond after extradition to Arizona.
Chae, who received his undergraduate degree in South Korea, had worked at ASU researching and teaching electrical engineering and computer science since 2005. He held four patents, had published more than 150 academic papers, and authored a book, according to ASU’s website.