Anarae Schunk’s body found in rural Rice County

Anarae Schunk
Anarae Schunk

The body of Anarae Schunk, the missing Burnsville woman last seen with an ex-boyfriend at an alleged murder scene in Burnsville Sept. 22, has been found.

Schunk’s body was found in rural Rice County, Rosemount police said in a news release Tuesday afternoon. The Hennepin County medical examiner identified the body.

Authorities, family and friends have been searching for Schunk, 20, since she was reported missing after being seen with alleged murderer Anthony Lee Nelson on surveillance footage outside Nina’s Grill at closing time Sept. 22.

Lee, aka Shavelle Oscar Chavez-Nelson, of Rosemount, allegedly shot 23-year-old Palagor Obang Jobi eight times during an altercation outside the northeast Burnsville bar.

He’s charged with second-degree murder. His current girlfriend, 24-year-old Ashley Marie Conrad,  is charged with aiding an offender for allegedly harboring Lee at her Rosemount townhouse.

There have been no charges in Schunk’s death. Burnsville police said Saturday they found evidence showing that Schunk may have been murdered.

Police didn’t disclose the evidence, but her brother Tyson said in media reports that they found his sister’s blood-stained jacket punctured with holes.

He said family members were told a knife connected to the case was found on the roof of a St. Paul apartment building.

Schunk, a 2011 graduate of Burnsville High School, was a third-year student at the University of Minnesota.

The case remains under investigation, Rosemount police said.
Anyone with information may call the Dakota County sheriff’s tip line at 651-438-4720.  Anonymous information can be given online at