MCSO arrests 2 after remains of ASU professor found in landfill

Jul 24, 2020, 5:00 PM
Gabrielle Austin and Javian Ezell (MCSO Photos)...
Gabrielle Austin and Javian Ezell (MCSO Photos)
(MCSO Photos)

PHOENIX — The Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office has made 2 arrests in connection to the death of an ASU professor whose body was found in a landfill.

Javian Ezell and Gabrielle Austin, both 18 years of age, were recently extradited to Arizona and have booked into the Maricopa County Jail for allegedly killing ASU professor Jun Seok Chae, MCSO said in a press release Friday.

The pair is facing first-degree murder, armed robbery and theft of means of transportation charges.

Chae was reported missing to the ASU Police Department on March 25 when he did not return home from work.

Five days later, authorities in Shreveport, Louisiana, responded to a suspicious vehicle call containing Ezell, Austin and another individual.

Upon further investigation, Shreveport police discovered the car belonged to Chae. From the statements taken from the occupants of the vehicle, authorities believed Chae was killed near Carefree Highway and 7th Street.

Detectives determined that Chae’s body was put in a dumpster by the suspects before being dumped in the Northwest Regional Landfill.

The search started May 11 and lasted until July 17 when police found human remains that were identified as Chae.

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MCSO arrests 2 after remains of ASU professor found in landfill