Jelinek Family Seeks Closure with Discovery of Body

Updated: 05/12/2013 1:07 PM By: Cassie Hart

The family of the Oakdale woman missing since Dec. gathered to comfort each other Saturday.

The Chisago County Sheriff confirmed the body of Danielle Jelinek was pulled from a small lake Friday.

Authorities used an airboat during their recovery effort to remove her body from the water just west of Kodiak Ave. and 261st St. in Chisago Lakes Township.

The body was positively identified by the Anoka County medical examiner.

Sheriff Rick Duncan says a State Patrol helicopter out searching for Jelinek Friday afternoon spotted her body in a pond roughly 200 yards from Aaron Schnagl's home. He is a person of interest in the case.

Family members had contacted police on Dec. 9, to do a welfare check at the home of Schnagl, Jelinek's on-again, off-again boyfriend. That's where she was last seen.

Schnagl is currently in jail on drug charges. He has not been charged in Jelinek's disappearance.

Searchers had covered the area previously but it was during the winter, when there was a lot of snow on the ground.