Anarae Schunk "may have been" murdered, but body hasn't been found, police say [UPDATE]

Anarae Schunk was a 20-year-old junior at the University of Minnesota.
Anarae Schunk was a 20-year-old junior at the University of Minnesota.

:::: UPDATE, October 1 :::: Anarae Schunk's body found in ditch

:::: UPDATE, September 30 :::: The evidence police found that led them to believe Schunk is dead the coat she was wearing the night she disappeared, "covered in blood and punctured by 18 to 20 holes investigators believe could indicate stab wounds," the Star Tribune reports.

But Schunk's family says they'll continue to hope Anarae is alive until her body is found.

Upon being informed by police about the jacket -- found at the home of Chavez-Nelson's ex-wife -- Anarae's brother, Tyler, told the Pioneer Press, "We were devastated... Then we got our senses, and based on what they've told us, we aren't convinced."

Searches for Schunk continue, particularly in the areas of Lilydale and Rosemount.

Original post -- This afternoon, Burnsville police said they have evidence Anarae Schunk "may have been the victim of a homicide," but added that her body still hasn't been found.

THE BACKSTORY: Anarae Schunk left with ex after he allegedly murdered man in parking lot, charges say

That information was contained in a press release distributed hours after Schunk's family posted on Facebook, "Late last night Police confirmed the worst, Anarae is no longer with us."

Here's the entire press release (emphasis ours):

The Burnsville Police Department is continuing its active investigation to locate Anarae Kristine Schunk, age 20 of Burnsville, who disappeared following the shooting death of Palagor Obang Jobi on September 22, 2013. At the time of this shooting, Ms. Schunk was with her ex-boyfriend Shavelle Chavez-Nelson, who has been charged in connection with this shooting death, and Nelson's current girlfriend, Ashley Conrade, who has also been charged in connection with the matter. According to Ms. Conrade, Anarae Schunk returned to Conrade's Rosemount townhome with her and Nelson following the shooting.

Neither Nelson, Conrade or multiple other persons questioned by police have provided any information about Anarae Schunk's current whereabouts.

Burnsville police have conducted numerous searches of various locations in connection with trying to locate Anarae Schunk and have obtained several items of evidence in connection with this matter.

Last night Burnsville police recovered additional evidence which has led us to believe that Anarae Schunk may have been the victim of a homicide. This information was shared with Anarae Schunk's family late last night.

Details concerning the evidence recovered in this case are not being made public at this time.

Searches continue in connection with our efforts to locate Anarae Schunk. No further public comments concerning this case will be made at this time. Anyone with any information pertaining to this on-going investigation is asked to call the tip line at 952-895-4636.

For more about the relationship between Chavez-Nelson and Schunk, read our original post about her disappearance.

-- Follow Aaron Rupar on Twitter at @atrupar. Got a tip? Drop him a line at [email protected]

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