Family of missing U of M student initiates search

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The family of Anarae Schunk has begun searching for the University of Minnesota student even though police have said that they believe the 23-year-old Burnsville woman is dead.

The Pioneer Press reports that news of the search was posted on the Facebook page dedicated to finding Schunk that has been started by her family. "Because we do not yet have Anarae, we need to continue to search," the post reads. It highlights a map of an area the Schunks hoped could be searched, which includes the Mississippi River shoreline. The post also thanks Steve Matula for his help. He is the brother of Mandy Matula of Eden Prairie, who has been missing since May. Matula initiated extensive ground and water searches for his sister.

"They said they were 100% sure she was gone but do not have the body," the family posted. "We need to find it. In my mind, until we have it there is no 100%."

Burnsville police Sgt. Jeff White said Sunday that officers were not involved in the family's search but that the police investigation continues. Police have said that they believe Schunk is dead.

Schunk has not been seen since Sept. 21 after a fatal shooting at Nina's Bar in Burnsville. Her ex-boyfriend Shavelle Chavez-Nelson has been charged in the shooting death of Palagor Obang Jobi. She had earlier met with Shavelle Chavez-Nelson in an apparent attempt to get back money she'd loaned to him.

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