Anarae Schunk family still awaiting charges months after her death


It's been a painful stretch of months for the family of Anarae Schunk, the 20-year-old Burnsville woman who disappeared in September. Her body was found in early October, in a ditch by a gravel road in Lonsdale, Minnesota.

But no charges have been filed in the killing, leaving her family to put their faith in the criminal justice system, the Star Tribune reports.

“It’s extremely frustrating,” Schunk’s older brother, Tyson, told the Star Tribune. “We want to know what happened and we won’t be given any of the evidence or shown anything on the case until they’re ready to bring charges."

Schunk was last seen with her former boyfriend Shavelle Chavez Nelson the night of Sept. 22. Nelson was charged with fatally shooting Palagor Jobi outside a Burnsville tavern that night, and he is awaiting a March hearing in that case. Meanwhile, Nelson still has another 5.5 years in prison for burglarizing a home in Richfield, the Star Tribune notes.

Among the evidence in the Schunk case was a bloodied plastic tub and a bloodstained quilt found in a garage in a Rosemount townhouse, according to a search warrant affidavit from November.

But few details about the investigation have been publicly released since then. County Attorney Jim Backstrom on Tuesday said that a lot of evidence has been gathered in the case and forensic testing continues, the Star Tribune reported.

So Schunk's family waits and hopes for justice. Her brother says the only good thing to come out of her death is that the family has drawn closer together. “We’re learning things about each other we didn’t know before and how we deal with pain and loss," he told the Star Tribune. "It’s re-emphasized the importance of regular contact."

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