Danielle Jelinek's Boyfriend Facing Third-Degree Murder Charges

Court documents say Aaron Schnagl gave Danielle Jelinek the cocaine that ultimately could have killed her, and allegedly hid her body in a pond near his Chisago home.

A grand jury has indicted Danielle Jelinek's on-again, off-again boyfriend, Aaron Schnagl, on murder charges. 

The 29-year-old man, who is currently in custody in the state prison at Moose Lake on drug charges, was indicted for murder because police and investigators believe Schnagl provided the cocaine that and ultimately could have caused her death in December 2012, nearly a year ago. 

Jelinek was reported missing by her family on Dec. 9, 2012, when she did now "show up" for a normal, daily call with family members. She was discovered in a Chisago Lakes area pond, within walking distance of Schnagl's home, on May 10, 2013, five months after her disappearance. 

The search was called off in late December 2012. Her birthday was Feb. 1, when the family encouraged people to do small acts of kindness. Searches began again in the spring when local waterways and ponds began to thaw. 

Jelinke grew up in Cottage Grove and was employed by a nearby branch of Wells Fargo, where she worked as a manager. 

Schnagl has a long history of drug use and possession, and was on probation for a drug sentence of more than seven years in Anoka county for violations there. 

After obtaining a warrant deputies in Chisago Lakes initially removed 12 pounds of marijuana in individual bags contained in two boxes from a car in his garage, according to court documents. About 29 grams of cocaine were discovered at the home, as well. 

Schangl made a guilty plea to charges in February 2013 of parole violation and new drug charges. He's serving 78 months in prison after he pleaded guilty to a charge of second-degree cocaine possession.

If convicted of third-degree murder the man would face up to 25 years in prison and thousands of dollars in fines. 

The Jelinek family has declined to comment since Schnagl's arrest, but could, on legal grounds, file a wrongful death lawsuit pertaining to Danielle's death separate from any criminal charges. 


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