As volunteers scoured the landscape in Lilydale and Rosemount for signs that might lead them to the body of missing University of Minnesota student Anarae Schunk, a new detail in the case emerged Sunday – the young woman's bloodied jacket had been found with 18 to 20 puncture holes that authorities suspect are evidence of stab wounds, her family said, the Star Tribune reports.
Police on Friday had told the woman's family that Schunk was dead without a shadow of a doubt, but they did not initially publicly disclose what evidence led that to that conclusion.
Schunk has not been seen since Sept. 21 after a fatal shooting at Nina's Bar in Burnsville. Her ex-boyfriend Shavelle Chavez-Nelson, 31, 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.
Chavez-Nelson is not talking with investigators, police say.
Schunk's body has not been found, and Schunk’s brother, Tyson, on Sunday afternoon had asked volunteers to search an area near Lilydale and Pickerel Lake. He also disclosed that police had said they had found her jacket at the apartment of Chavez-Nelson’s ex-wife in St. Paul, the Star Tribune reports. Police also said a knife connected to the case had been found on the apartment building's roof.
“We need to find her,” Tyson Schunk said.
The Pioneer Press reports that news of the volunteer 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.