Volunteers search Lilydale, UMore park for body of Anarae Schunk - KMSP-TV

Bloody jacket found, Anarae Schunk's body still missing

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ST. PAUL, Minn. (KMSP) -

Burnsville police announced Saturday afternoon they have recovered evidence indicating 20-year-old University of Minnesota student Anarae Schunk may have been the victim of a homicide, though she is still missing.

Anarae's brother, Tyson Schunk, told FOX 9 police found Anarae's white U of M jacket covered in blood and punctured with multiple holes at an apartment in St. Paul.

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.

The St. Paul apartment is the home of Nelson's ex-wife.

On Monday, hundreds of volunteers gathered to search for Schunk's body. Searchers focused on the UMore Park in Rosemount, a wide swath of land that's home to WWII training buildings. Searchers also checked a gravel pit in Rosemount where Nelson fled and was arrested last week.

Volunteers scoured Lilydale Park in St. Paul on Sunday. The search included Pickerel Lake and the banks of the Mississippi River.

The brother of Mandy Matula, the 24-year-old Eden Prairie woman missing since May, helped with the search and said he doesn't want the Schunk family to be on their own during this difficult time.

It's been one week since Schunk's disappearance. Investigators said she may be the victim of a homicide, and her family confirmed that in a Facebook post on Saturday:

"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."

Family members plan to meet with prosecutors on Monday to discuss the evidence in this case.

Anyone with information relating to the case is asked to call the Burnsville Police Department tip line at 952-895-4636.

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