An arrest has been made in connection to the disappearance and death of 41-year-old Elizabeth Perrault of Burnsville.
Burnsville police released a statement saying they arrested 40-year-old Uriah David Schulz in Apple Valley at 11:14 a.m. Monday, doing so without incident and later booking him into Dakota County Jail, where he's being held on a charge of second-degree murder.
Schulz was Perrault's live-in boyfriend.
Perault, a mother-of-three, was reported missing on Feb. 22. Her body, completely encased in ice, was found in a pond near the Minnesota River in Burnsville on April 22.
“Our thoughts go out to the family and friends of Elizabeth,” said Burnsville Police Chief Eric Gieseke. “Every loss of life is a terrible tragedy, and we are hopeful that this arrest may help them in the difficult healing process.”
There have been conflicting reports about when she was reported missing, with some suggesting it was as early as December, with Schulz reportedly telling police he hadn't seen her since November.
But Burnsville police say they didn't start their investigation until Feb. 22, when two friends reported her missing.
A search warrant executed in February at her abandoned apartment uncovered a large blood stain on a section of carpet and the pad beneath.
Her exact cause of death has not been made public, and any further information is expected to come at a later date from the Dakota County Attorney's Office.