Schunk family told Anarae no longer alive

12:58 PM, Sep 29, 2013   |    comments
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BURNSVILLE, Minn. - The family of missing University of Minnesota student Anarae Schunk says police have told them that "without a shadow of a doubt" Anarae is no longer alive.

Police recovered additional evidence Friday night that has led them to believe that Anarae was the victim of a homicide, according to a statement released Saturday afternoon.

"We are taking time to mourn together with loved ones," said Anarae's brother, Tyson, in a statement. "It's hard to stomach. The support we have received from all over truly helps as we ... persist through this difficult time."

Police aren't releasing details of the recovered evidence at this time.

Burnsville Police say they are continuing their active investigation to locate Anarae.

Schunk was last seen at Nina's Grill last Saturday night with her ex-boyfriend, who police have charged with shooting and killing a man outside the bar that night.

Anthony Lee Nelson, otherwise known as Shavelle Chavez-Nelson, 31, is accused of shooting and killing Palagor Jobi in the parking lot of Nina's Grill just before 2 a.m. Nelson's current girlfriend, Ashley Conrade, 24, is accused of harboring Nelson.

In their statement released Saturday, Burnsville Police said, "Neither Nelson, Conrade or multiple other persons questioned by police have provided any information about Anarae Schunk's current whereabouts."

Anyone with information about the investigation is asked to call the tip line at 952-895-4636.

Since Anarae's disappearance, friends and family have spread the word about Schunk on Facebook in hopes of finding both answers and Anarae.

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