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Anarae Schunk's body found near Lonsdale, police confirm

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Rosemount police have confirmed the body of University of Minnesota student Anarae Schunk was found in a roadside ditch in Rice County near Lonsdale, Minn.

The Hennepin County medical examiner's office confirmed the identity Tuesday afternoon after her body had been found on 60th Street West at about 4:30 p.m. Monday, about 30 minutes from Schunk's last known location.

The county had been in the process of mowing ditches which was how Schunk's body was spotted one row in of 80 acres of corn. The farmer who owns the field pontificated that if the ditches had remained un-mowed, he wouldn't have found her body until he got on his combine at the end of October.


Schunk was last seen on Sept. 22 with her ex-boyfriend, Anthony Lee Nelson (aka Shavelle Oscar Chavez-Nelson) leaving Nina's Grill in Burnsville early that morning. Nelson was charged with second-degree murder in the deadly shooting of Normandale Community College student Palagor Jobi in the bar's parking lot.

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

A second suspect -- Nelson's current girlfriend, Ashley Conrade -- was charged with aiding an offender. Conrade told investigators that all three of them went to Conrade's townhome in Rosemount and circled the neighborhood after the shooting then went to a nearby cul-de-sac to watch police arrive, and fled.


Rosemount police are currently investigating the incident along with the Minnesota BCA and the Dakota County sheriff's office.

The Rosemount Police Department is seeking information from the public to help in the investigation. Contact the Dakota County sheriff's office tip line at 651-438-4720.

Anonymous information can also be provided online at http://www.dakotacountysheriff.org/etip.html


Sept. 23: Anarae Schunk reported missing

Sept. 25: Bar shooting suspect's car found

Sept. 26: Charges say Anarae last seen with shooting suspects

Sept. 28: Family says 'Anarae is no longer with us'

Sept. 29: Volunteers search for body

Sept. 30: Body found in ditch near Lonsdale

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