The search for a missing Minnesota college student ended on Tuesday when authorities said a body found in a rural area was that of 20-year-old Anarae Schunk.

The body was found Monday by a county worker who was clearing weeds from a ditch in Lonsdale, Minn., according to the Rice County Sheriff’s Office.

Before authorities had officially identified the body, Schunk's brother, Tyson Schunk, said that police contacted his family late Monday night and requested his sister's dental records.

"We're waiting along with everyone else for more information, but we can only assume they think it is Anarae," Schunk told The Huffington Post Tuesday afternoon.

Anarae Schunk, a popular junior studying sociology at the University of Minnesota, had many friends and was active online. "Leave something for someone to learn and do better," she wrote on her Facebook profile.

She was last seen alive on Sept. 22. That night, her former boyfriend, 31-year-old Shavelle Oscar Chavez-Nelson, allegedly shot and killed 23-year-old Palagor Obang Jobi outside a bar. Chavez-Nelson was allegedly jealous because Jobi was talking to Chavez-Nelson's new girlfriend, 24-year-old Ashley Conrade.

Authorities do not suspect Schunk was involved in the death of Jobi. But investigators believe the young woman left the bar with Chavez-Nelson and Conrade before the shooting, and accompanied the pair to Conrade's townhouse in Rosemount, Minn., afterward. What happened following that remains a mystery.

Her family said Schunk had recently reconnected with Chavez-Nelson in an attempt to get back a large sum of money she had loaned him.

On Sept. 24, Chavez-Nelson was arrested and charged with second-degree murder in Jobi's shooting. Conrade was also arrested and charged with aiding an offender, for allegedly harboring Chavez-Nelson at her townhouse.

According to Tyson Schunk, authorities found his sister's jacket on Saturday in a St. Paul apartment that belongs to Chavez-Nelson's former wife. The jacket was allegedly covered in blood and had roughly 20 puncture marks, suggesting Anarae Schunk had been stabbed. A knife that authorities believe is connected with the case was reportedly found on the roof of the apartment building.

Since Schunk's disappearance, authorities, volunteers and members of her family had conducted multiple searches for her along the Mississippi River and in the vicinity of Highway 46.

"We had a meeting with the county attorney and the chief of police this morning to discuss the details of the case and what the pending criminal investigation is going to look like in court," Tyson Schunk said before his sister's body was identified. "We'll probably be releasing a statement after [they identify her body]. We're just sitting tight right now."

Anyone with information in this case is asked to contact the Burnsville Police Department at 952-895-4636. The family has also created a Facebook page to share updates in the case.

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  • Anarae Schunk

    University of Minnesota student Anarae Schunk, 20, went missing on Sept. 22, 2013.

  • Shavelle Oscar Chavez-Nelson

    Police have searched for Anarae Schunk since Sept. 22, 2013, the night that her former boyfriend, 31-year-old Shavelle Oscar Chavez-Nelson (pictured), allegedly shot and killed 23-year-old Palagor Obang Jobi outside a bar. Chavez-Nelson was allegedly jealous because Jobi was talking to Chavez-Nelson's new girlfriend, 24-year-old Ashley Conrade. Authorities do not suspect Schunk was involved in the shooting, but do believe she left the bar with Chavez-Nelson and Conrade, and later accompanied the pair to Conrade's townhouse in Rosemount, Minn. What happened after that remains a mystery. On Sept. 24, Chavez-Nelson was arrested and charged with second-degree murder in Jobi's shooting. Conrade was also arrested and charged with aiding an offender, for allegedly harboring Nelson at her townhouse.

  • Anarae Schunk

    Authorities, volunteers and members of Anarae Schunk's family conducted multiple searches for her along the Mississippi River and in the vicinity of Highway 46 in Minnesota.

  • Anarae Schunk

    An undated photo of Anarae Schunk.

  • Anarae Schunk

    An undated photo of Anarae Schunk.

  • Anarae Schunk

    Family members thought the area circled in red was a likely area where Anarae Schunk might be found. There were also other areas in the Rosemount/Farmington, Minn., area around Highway 46 and Shannon Parkway that seemed to offer high potential for locating her.

  • Anarae Schunk

    Anarae Schunk's family has <a href="https://www.facebook.com/HelpFindAnarae" target="_blank">created a Facebook page</a> to share updates on the case. Anyone with information in this case is asked to contact the Burnsville Police Department at 952-895-4636.