Updated (Tuesday, 9:50 a.m.)
The family of Anarae Schunk has been asked to provide dental records after a body was discovered in a roadside ditch near Lonsdale Monday night.
According to the Star Tribune, Tyson Schunk, Anarae’s brother, said police requested the dental records about 9 p.m. Monday so the medical examiner can “rule it out or quickly identify” whether the body is his sister.
The family is still hoping for the best, however, police reportedly told the family late last week that they believed the 20-year-old college student was dead.
~Written by Caitlin Burgess
The Rice County Sheriff's Office confirmed late Monday that a body has been recovered from a ditch in rural Lonsdale.
According to the Lonsdale Area News-Review, on Monday afternoon sheriff's deputies were dispatched to a remote area in the 7000 block of 60th Street West in Lonsdale-Wheatland Township. Neighbors told the local paper that a Rice County employee discovered a body while cutting weeds in the ditch.
The Bureau of Criminal Apprehension has been called in to examine the scene.
Authorities have released few details, and the identity of the deceased is not yet known. However, the family of a missing Burnsville woman told FOX 9 News that police have informed them of a crime scene in Rice County.
Volunteers searched all day for the remains of Anarae Schunk, 20, who is believed to be dead after police discovered her bloodstained jacket on the roof of an apartment in St. Paul. Schunk was last seen on Sept. 22 at a bar with ex-boyfriend Anthony Lee Nelson and Ashley Conrade, both of whom have been implicated in the shooting death of Palagor Obang Jobi. Jobi was shot eight times in the parking lot of Nina's Grill, a bar in northeast Burnsville.