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Family of Anarae Schunk informed of crime scene in Rice County

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A crime scene remains active in Lonsdale, Minn. where police found a body in a ditch alongside a dirt road Monday afternoon. The body was found at about 4:30 p.m. Monday, just north of Lonsdale.

The identity of the victim has not been released, but the family of missing University of Minnesota student Anarae Schunk told FOX 9 News police have informed them of the crime scene in Rice County.

The Rice County sheriff's office and Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension are investigating. Police have asked the family to provide dental records as part of the identification process.

Schunk's brother Tyson Schunk said police contacted the family about the incident but did not provide his parents with any other information. Investigators told the family they would have more updates on Tuesday.

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.

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.

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

On Monday, 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.


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