Five things you need to know today, Feb. 7

Take a look at the news in and around Odessa on Tuesday, Feb. 7. Find complete local news coverage in the Odessa American every day, online at and our daily E-Edition at
1. Human remains found in a shallow West Texas grave last week have been identified conclusively as those of a missing college student Zuzu Verk, investigators confirmed Monday.

2. An internal investigation is underway after an Odessa Police Department’s SWAT team’s search warrant listed the wrong hotel room number – a mistake that led to charges being dropped against three people.

3. A vehicle stolen from All American Dodge in Midland was recovered Saturday afternoon by Ector County sheriff’s deputies and returned to the dealership, according to a news release.

4.  Sul Ross State University President Bill Kibler on Monday said the university will offer counseling and accessibility services for students, faculty and staff mourning the death of student Zuzu Verk.

5. IN SPORTS: The No. 16 Odessa College men’s basketball team used a variety of scorers to take a 73-51 victory over New Mexico Military Institute on Monday.