Anarae Schunk "may have been" murdered, but body hasn't been found, police say [UPDATE]

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Anarae Schunk was a 20-year-old junior at the University of Minnesota.
:::: UPDATE, October 1 :::: Anarae Schunk's body found in ditch

:::: UPDATE, September 30 :::: The evidence police found that led them to believe Schunk is dead the coat she was wearing the night she disappeared, "covered in blood and punctured by 18 to 20 holes investigators believe could indicate stab wounds," the Star Tribune reports.

But Schunk's family says they'll continue to hope Anarae is alive until her body is found.

Upon being informed by police about the jacket -- found at the home of Chavez-Nelson's ex-wife -- Anarae's brother, Tyler, told the Pioneer Press, "We were devastated... Then we got our senses, and based on what they've told us, we aren't convinced."

Searches for Schunk continue, particularly in the areas of Lilydale and Rosemount.

Original post -- This afternoon, Burnsville police said they have evidence Anarae Schunk "may have been the victim of a homicide," but added that her body still hasn't been found.

THE BACKSTORY: Anarae Schunk left with ex after he allegedly murdered man in parking lot, charges say

That information was contained in a press release distributed hours after Schunk's family posted on Facebook, "Late last night Police confirmed the worst, Anarae is no longer with us."

Here's the entire press release (emphasis ours):
The Burnsville Police Department is continuing its active investigation to locate Anarae Kristine Schunk, age 20 of Burnsville, who disappeared following the shooting death of Palagor Obang Jobi on September 22, 2013. At the time of this shooting, Ms. Schunk was with her ex-boyfriend Shavelle Chavez-Nelson, who has been charged in connection with this shooting death, and Nelson's current girlfriend, Ashley Conrade, who has also been charged in connection with the matter. According to Ms. Conrade, Anarae Schunk returned to Conrade's Rosemount townhome with her and Nelson following the shooting.

Neither Nelson, Conrade or multiple other persons questioned by police have provided any information about Anarae Schunk's current whereabouts.

Burnsville police have conducted numerous searches of various locations in connection with trying to locate Anarae Schunk and have obtained several items of evidence in connection with this matter.

Last night Burnsville police recovered additional evidence which has led us to believe that Anarae Schunk may have been the victim of a homicide. This information was shared with Anarae Schunk's family late last night.

Details concerning the evidence recovered in this case are not being made public at this time.

Searches continue in connection with our efforts to locate Anarae Schunk. No further public comments concerning this case will be made at this time. Anyone with any information pertaining to this on-going investigation is asked to call the tip line at 952-895-4636.
For more about the relationship between Chavez-Nelson and Schunk, read our original post about her disappearance.

-- Follow Aaron Rupar on Twitter at @atrupar. Got a tip? Drop him a line at arupar@citypages.com.

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27 comments
dakfa
dakfa

My condolences to the Schunk family, I am so sorry for the loss of your daughter/ sister, such a terribly sad day for all of Minnesota!

Lisa Tibbitts
Lisa Tibbitts

Poor poor dumb girl. No one should have to lose their life because they trusted the wrong person. I hate him, and everyone like him.

Ran Dazzle
Ran Dazzle

if they would water board that scum bag and his girlfriend I gurantee you they would fess up where her body is..

Dan Mason
Dan Mason

That dude looks like a straight-up crackhead, you would think that she would have better judgement. If some dude like that was dating one of my family members he would be the one disappearing.

Holly Kay
Holly Kay

It's not a parenting issue. It is easy to find yourself in a relationship that isn't healthy and hard to get out of. Be thankful you and your family never had to go through it. You can't speak on something you can't relate too. You aren't above anyone things can happen to the most innocent of people. Respect this poor family and keep your judgements to yourself!

Lynne Rollins
Lynne Rollins

I was raised by very strict parents who were very particular who I dated. So I sometimes dated the worst bad boys ever. The parenting is important, but some young adults do whatever they want regardless of how they were raised.

Joe Di Marius
Joe Di Marius

Evelyn...very true. I'm not sure what it was with my parents but they found the perfect balance between oversight and leniency and although I didn't always listen to their wisdom, the only times where I did my own thing were in situations where the risks were calculated and never too damaging i.e. running up credit card balances in my early 20's. Other than that, for some reason, I was always overly cautious--always saw mom and dad on my shoulder telling me "this might be a bad idea."

Evelyn Irvin
Evelyn Irvin

Unfortunately, most kids don't listen to guidance from their parents, or any responsible adult. Very sad....

Joe Di Marius
Joe Di Marius

No doubt about it Melissa. Absolutely right.

Melissa Niederkorn
Melissa Niederkorn

I don't even think it's about the 'bad boy' complex. Teens and young adults (men and women) are all about rebellion and pushing limits and testing boundries. It's not really that complex. We all do pretty dumb things at that age and most of us live to tell about it some common sense and a new appreciation and wisdom about things. Fact is, we know nothing about this girl than what the media has shared about her, and it really isn't any of our business, IMO. So who knows? And why speculate? Nothing changes the fact that she didn't deserve to die because she was dating some lowlife and/or made a bad life choice. Simple as that.

Joe Di Marius
Joe Di Marius

Melissa, I completely hear what you're saying and I agree with you. But that being said, there must then be a parenting issue if she was unable to see the writing on the wall with this guy. Every pic published of him speaks of bad news (and no, I'm not talking about his race). For a college girl, at an excellent university--no bias here =) --to be dating a guy with no discernible means of employment tells me that she is not using her brain.

Melissa Niederkorn
Melissa Niederkorn

I really don't think that's fair. Even if they hated who she was dating, and had told her as much, she was an adult and there was little they could do about it. In fact, most teens/young adults, if sensing opposition in their dating choices, only get pushed to be even more interested in that person that is bad for them. Really awful all around. I have a suspicion that she never knew how evil this guy really was until it was too late from the sounds of it. Hope they catch him and the accomplice girlfriend and bring them to justice.

Joe Di Marius
Joe Di Marius

I get it; wholesome girls are attracted to bad boys. It's an age old attraction, for whatever reason. I've seen it with friends and relatives. I'm just trying to understand the psychology behind it.

Lisa Carter
Lisa Carter

Who is going to tell a college age student who to date,,,you don't have kids do you??? Lets not blame the parents....

Deborah McLaren
Deborah McLaren

How many people are outraged? There have been numerous women in Minnesota murdered by the men in their lives recently. Where is our outrage? Why the further degradation of their murders by comments here? What if your daughter, sister, cousin or friend were murdered by someone she loved (or once loved and trusted)? STOP THE VIOLENCE. GET OUTRAGED.

Gramma Margie
Gramma Margie

so how do you know she is dead if there is no body?

Jake Helmers
Jake Helmers

Yup there serial killers out there Iv seen them

Charles Kafka
Charles Kafka

i guess he murdered someone to get to her. she and her kidnapper are still at large, she may still be alive, keep your peepers out.

Katsi Duzynski
Katsi Duzynski

Life is cheap when you use people like tools ... then throw them away later ... be careful with whom you loan money to, and always watch your actions with discernment - never rush into certain scenarios ... or you may end up like this sadly - 'too trusting' young woman ...

Nancy Orjala
Nancy Orjala

So sad. She loaned the guy $5000 and got murdered later. Take care about your choice of companions, everyone.

Ben Polzin
Ben Polzin

Can you do a story on the trend of young people murdering their significant others. It seems like this is a common trend...

Onan
Onan

@Randall G Baxter  - "I’ll put it to you this way, you give me a water board, Dick Cheney and one hour, and I’ll have him confess to the Sharon Tate murders."

grrrrrrrrroutraged
grrrrrrrrroutraged

@Deborah McLaren GRRRRRR..... I'm OUTRAGED.... at your stupidity! 

itslikethat
itslikethat

@Ben Polzin she was not his significant other, she was just some chick he was exploiting for money and perhaps trying to pollute with a baby as well

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