Body in ditch identified as missing college student

10:48 PM, Oct 1, 2013   |    comments
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ROSEMOUNT, Minn. - Rosemount Police confirmed Tuesday afternoon that a body found in a Rice County ditch is missing U of M college student Anarae Schunk.

Schunk, a 20-year-old from Burnsville, had been missing since Sunday, September 22 when she was seen with a former boyfriend and another woman at Nina's Grill. The three fled after the former boyfriend, 31-year-old Anthony Lee Nelson, otherwise known as Shavelle Chavez-Nelson, allegedly shot and killed a man after an argument.

Nelson and his current girlfriend, Ashley Conrade, 24, were arrested and charged in connection with the Nina's shooting, but there was no sign of Schunk and police say the two suspects refused to say where she was.

Police eventually recovered a blood-soaked coat that was identified as the missing woman's. It had 18 to 20 holes that appeared to be made by a sharp object, leading police to tell her family that they believed Schunk was no longer alive.

Monday night's discovery ended any doubt. A body was found in a ditch on the 7000 block of 60th Street West in Londsdale-Wheatland Township, about 45 minutes south of the Twin Cities metro area. Schunk's brother told KARE 11 that the family was asked to provide her dental records for authorities to determine whether the body found in Lonsdale was Anarae.

The discovery of Schunk's body will allow investigators to recover forensic evidence that will hopefully lead to the filing of murder charges against her killers.


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