Charges will be sought in the case of Anarae Schunk, whose death is being treated as a homicide, Rosemount police announced Thursday, Oct. 3.
It will be “several weeks” before police forward their findings to the Dakota County attorney’s office for charging, Chief Eric Werner said in a news release.
Rosemount police are leading the investigation into the death of the 20-year-old Burnsville woman, whose body was found Monday, Sept. 30, in rural Rice County.
Police believe the University of Minnesota student and Burnsville High School graduate was killed in Rosemount, where she was last seen Sept. 22, the news release said.
Schunk was with her ex-boyfriend, Anthony Lee Nelson, at closing time Sept. 22 outside Nina’s Grill in Burnsville when Nelson allegedly shot a man to death. The victim was 23-year-old Palagor Obang Jobi of Savage.
Authorities say she left the bar with Nelson and his current girlfriend, Ashley Marie Conrade, and they drove to her Rosemount townhome. Schunk’s family reported her missing Sept. 23.
Nelson is charged with second-degree murder in Jobi’s death. Conrade is charged with aiding an offender for allegedly harboring Nelson.
Schunk’s homicide is the first to occur in Rosemount since 2010, police said.
“We are committed to doing everything we can to bring to justice the person responsible for this horrific crime,” Werner said.
The Hennepin County medical examiner identified the body as Schunk’s on Oct. 1.
Though related to the alleged Burnsville murder, the Schunk case involves a “separate and independent investigation,” the news release said.
Agencies assisting in the Rosemount investigation are the Dakota County Sheriff’s Office, the Burnsville Police Department and the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension.