Police: Evidence Shows Anarae Schunk May be Victim of Homicide

Posted at: 09/28/2013 11:34 AM
Updated at: 09/28/2013 4:58 PM
By: Cassie Hart

The family of missing University of Minnesota student, 20-year-old Anarae Schunk, says she is no longer alive.

According to the Facebook page created to find Schunk, police “confirmed the worst, Anarae is no longer with us.”

Burnsville police say they recovered additional evidence on Friday, which has led them to believe Schunk may have been the victim of a homicide. The information was shared with Schunk's family late Friday night, according to a news release from police.

Details of the evidence recovered are not being made public at this time. Searches are continuing to locate Schunk, the news release said.

Shavelle Oscar Chavez-Nelson, 31, was charged Thursday in Dakota County District Court with second-degree murder involving a shooting outside Nina’s Grill in Burnsville, according to a criminal complaint.

Ashley Marie Conrade, 24, of Eagan, was charged with aiding an offender.

The charges were brought against the pair as police searched for Schunk, who was last seen with Chavez-Nelson on Sept. 22, the night of the shooting, police say. She was reported missing the next day.

Palagor Jobi, 23, was killed in the shooting, which police say started as an argument that escalated in the parking lot of Nina's Grill around closing time, police said. The suspect ran away after the shooting. Police searched for more than three hours for the shooter.

Chavez-Nelson was later arrested by Rosemount police in the area of County Road 46 and Shannon Parkway in Rosemount, police reported Tuesday.

Chavez-Nelson and Schunk dated for a couple of months last year, said Schunk's brother. She met with Chavez-Nelson recently again and was trying to, "help him get his life back on track," her brother said.

Burnsville police say Conrade is not a person of interest in the disappearance of Schunk.