On Thursday, officials investigating the death of 20-year-old Anarae Schunk announced they believe she was killed in Rosemount, marking the city's first homicide since 2010.
Schunk, a University of Minnesota student from Burnsville, was reported missing after her ex-boyfriend, 31-year-old Anthony Lee Nelson, also known as Shavelle Oscar Chavez-Nelson, was arrested in connection with a fatal shooting at Nina's Grill in Burnsville that occurred on Sept. 22. Nine days later, her body was found in a roadside ditch near Lonsdale, Minn.
The Hennepin County Medical Examiner identified the Schunk as the victim and concluded that she likely died on the day she was last seen with Nelson, and investigators believe she was killed in the city of Rosemount before her body was dumped.
Police declined to offer any additional information on the location of the crime scene or cause of death, saying the investigation is still ongoing and it may take several weeks before it is ready to be presented to the Dakota County Attorney's Office for charges.
Nelson is currently facing murder charges in Dakota County following in investigation into the shooting death of 23-year-old Palagor Obang Jobi, which was conducted by the Burnsville Police Department.
Although Schunk was seen on surveillance video leaving the bar with Nelson that night, Roseville police say they are treating her slaying as a separate, unrelated incident.
Nelson's current girlfriend, 24-year-old Ashley Conrade, was also seen on the surveillance video from Nina's Grill. She has been charged with aiding an offender after telling investigators she, Nelson and Schunk went to her Rosemount townhome after the shooting, circled the neighborhood, watched police arrive and ultimately fled. Neither she nor Nelson would tell investigators about Schunk's whereabouts thereafter.
Three days after the shooting, police recovered a 1983 Buick LeSabre registered to Nelson. Investigators believe Nelson used the car to flee the shooting at Nina's Grill; however, police found him driving a different car at the time of his arrest.
Almost a week after her disappearance, police announced they had enough evidence to believe Schunk was dead. Her brother, Tyson Schunk, told FOX 9 News police discovered his sister's white U of M jacket covered in blood and punctured with multiple holes at Nelson's ex-wife's apartment in St. Paul.
Nelson remains jailed on $2 million bail, and Dakota County Attorney James Backstrom plans to convene a grand jury to up the charges he faces for Jobi's death to first-degree murder.
TIPS STILL SOUGHT
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