Ex-boyfriend indicted in death of Danielle Jelinek


Danielle Jelinek's ex-boyfriend, the man she was last seen with before her disappearance more than a year ago, was indicted on third-degree murder Monday.

In May, the Oakdale woman's body was discovered in a swampy area in Chisago County about 200 yards from the home of her on-again, off-again boyfriend Aaron Schnagl.

Schnagl, 29, was previously being treated as a person of interest in the case and has maintained his innocence. He's currently serving a 6 1/2-year prison sentence for drug charges.

According to affidavits filed in February, Schnagl told investigators he and Jelinek, 27, were rekindling their previous relationship and went shopping in Minneapolis together on Dec. 8, 2012 before returning to Schnagl’s home. He said the two had “drinks and sex” and went to sleep around 2:30 a.m. the next morning.

Later that day, police arrived to perform a welfare check requested by Jelinek’s family members.

Officers found Schnagl’s Tahoe in a nearby ditch next door to Schnagl's house. He told authorities he went to look for Jelinek an hour before police arrived.

Jelinek’s purse, shoes and cell phone were found at Schnagl's house.

After months of organized searches by law enforcement and volunteers, Jelinek's body was recovered on May 10.

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