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Body of Anarae Schunk Found Near Rice County Farm

Updated: 10/02/2013 7:40 AM
Created: 10/01/2013 2:39 PM KSTP.com
By: Maricella Miranda

A body found in rural Rice County has been identified as University of Minnesota student Anarae Schunk, who went missing late last month, according to Rosemount police.

The body was found Monday night near a farm outside of Londsale, according to authorities. The Hennepin County Medical Examiner's office confirmed Tuesday that the body found was Schunk.

Anarae's bother, Tyson, talked to us after he spoke with the district attorney. "They did not name a suspect in Anarae's--and any foul play in Anarae's," he said. "They just want us to know, be assured, that they're working very hard and they're gathering all the evidence so if there is a criminal investigation, that when it happens, it will be handled professionally."

Volunteers have been searching for 20-year-old Schunk in the southern Twin Cities suburbs. Police last weekend reported finding additional evidence that led officers to believe that Schunk was the victim of a homicide.

Shooting in Burnsville

Schunk disappeared following the shooting death of 23-year-old Palagor Obang Jobi on Sept. 22 at Nina's Grill in Burnsville, according to police.

Schunk was with her ex-boyfriend 31-year-old Shavelle Chavez-Nelson, who has been charged in connection with the shooting. Chavez-Nelson's current girlfriend, 24-year-old Ashley Conrade, also has been charged in the incident.

Chavez-Nelson and Jobi reportedly got into a fight before the shooting. Conrade told police that Schunk returned to Conrade's townhouse in Rosemount with her and Chavez-Nelson following the shooting. That's where the trail ended for Schunk.

Schunk reconnected with Chavez-Nelson in hopes of recovering a $5,000 loan he never repaid. Her brother says police told their family they found his sister's white jacket with a U of M logo, covered with blood and 18 to 20 holes that may indicate she was stabbed.

Investigators didn't elaborate on what evidence they found, or where they found it.

Investigation Continues

Recovering her body could mean additional charges in the case.

Schunk was a junior at the University of Minnesota, studying sociology. Chavez-Nelson and Schunk dated for a couple of months last year, Schunk's brother told KSTP.

Chavez-Nelson has a long history of crime. Conrade was charged with aiding an offender for the shooting death at the bar.

Rosemount police are currently the lead investigating agency in the case, with the help of the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension, the Dakota County Sheriff's Office and other law enforcement agencies.

If you have information about the case, call the Dakota County Sheriff's Office tip line at 651-438-4720. Anonymous information can be provided online.

The Associated Press contributed to this story.


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