Burnsville police announced Saturday afternoon they have recovered evidence indicating University of Minnesota student Anarae Schunk may have been the victim of a homicide, though she is still missing.
Family took to Facebook to announce the new police details. A Facebook post published Saturday afternoon on the "Please Help Find Anarae Schunk" page revealed to the public she was no longer alive:
"Late last night Police confirmed the worst, Anarae is no longer with us. We will leave the page up as a tribute to all the wonderful people who loved and cared for Anarae and all that she stands for. Thank you for your support throughout. Official details to be released by the PD shortly."
According to Burnsville police, officials have conducted numerous searches trying to locate Schunk, and have obtained several items of evidence in connection to the investigation. On Friday night, police recovered additional evidence that has led them to believe Schunk was a victim of a homicide. The evidence has not been made public and no further details were released.
Schunk was last seen with her ex-boyfriend, Anthony Lee Nelson (aka Shavelle Oscar Chavez-Nelson) leaving Nina's Grill in Burnsville early Sunday. Nelson was charged Thursday with second-degree murder in the deadly shooting of Normandale Community College student Palagor Jobi in the bar's parking lot.
Ashley Conrade, the second suspect arrested in connection with the shooting, was charged Friday with aiding an offender.
According to the charges, Schunk was seen on surveillance video leaving Nina's Grill with the two suspects. The group allegedly went to Conrade's home in Rosemount, Minn. together -- the last time Schunk was seen.
Conrade told investigators that all three of them circled the neighborhood and went to a nearby cul-de-sac to watch police arrive, and then fled.
While the trail for Schunk ends at Conrade's townhouse, neither Conrade nor Nelson are telling investigators about Schunk's whereabouts.
Anyone with information relating to the case is asked to call the Burnsville Police Department tip line at 952-895-4636.