Missing UMinn Student's Bloodied Jacket Found

Updated: 09/30/2013 6:46 AM KSTP.com By: Leslie Dyste

Volunteers searched Lilydale Park in St. Paul Sunday in hopes of finding the body of a missing University of Minnesota student.

This comes after Burnsville Police released a statement Saturday saying they found additional evidence leading them to believe 20-year-old Anarae Schunk had suffered a violent death.
Investigators won't say what the evidence is or where they found it, but the Star Tribune reports Schunk’s brother says police have found her jacket covered in blood and punctured with holes.

Tyson Schunk told the Star Tribune that investigators found the jacket in the apartment of the ex-wife of Anarae Schunk's former boyfriend. He says family members were told a knife connected to the case was found on the roof of the apartment building in St. Paul.

Schunk's family didn't want to talk on-camera, but off-camera their pain is raw. The words on the Facebook page created to find Schunk revealed to the public, what her family simply couldn't, "Anarae is no longer with us."

Schunk was a junior at the University of Minnesota, studying sociology. She was last seen leaving Nina's Grill in Burnsville with a man she once dated, 31-year-old Shavelle Oscar Chavez-Nelson, and his current girlfriend, 24-year-old Ashley Conrade after a shooting Sept. 22.

Nelson and another man got into a fight that turned deadly. The other man, 23-year-old Palagor Jobi, was killed in the shooting.

Authorities say Chavez-Nelson, Conrade and Schunk got into the same car and headed to Conrade's townhome in Rosemount. That's where the trail ends for Schunk.

Prosecutors charged Nelson, who has a long history of crime, with murder. Conrade was charged with aiding an offender for the shooting death at the bar.

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

Her family is leaving Schunk's Facebook page up for "Anarae and all she stands for."

Police emphasize Schunk's body has not been found. They're doggedly searching for it, for the sake of Schunk's family and the prosecution. This means another murder charge could be filed in the case.

If you have information about the location of Anarae Schunk, call the Burnsville police tip line at 952-895-4636.