'Person of Interest' in Missing Woman Case Pleads Guilty to Drug Charges

Aaron Schnagl, a person of interest in Danielle Jelinek's disappearance, pleaded guilty in court this week to unrelated drug charges, according to media reports.

A man who is considered person of interest in the disappearance of an Oakdale woman pleaded guilty to unrelated drug charges on Tuesday.

Fox 9 News is reporting that Aaron Schnagl pleaded guilty to having drugs in his home, which investigators found while searching for Danielle Jelinek, an Oakdale woman who was reported missing on Dec. 9.

Investigators found 12 pounds of marijuana, and Fox 9 adds that investigators also found cocaine and other pills while searching for Jelinek.  

Schnagl has a previous drug conviction and has been on probation since 2007. 

Schnagl took a plea deal on Tuesday that will allow him to serve his sentence for the new drug charges at the same time as his previous sentence and will land him a minimum of four and a half years in prison, according to Fox 9 News. 

Schnagl has not been listed as a suspect in Jelinek's disappearance and has maintained his innocence in her case. 

Jelinek's family is hosting a fundraiser from 3-7 p.m. on March 23 at The Dog House Bar & Grill in Maplewood. The family hopes to raise money to offer a larger reward for the person or persons who can give information on where to find Jelinek. 


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