No foul play is suspected after the authorities reported on Wednesday finding the body of a St. Louis Ballet dancer…
No foul play is suspected after the authorities reported on Wednesday finding the body of a St. Louis Ballet dancer who left two days earlier, apparently abandoned his car near a state park boat ramp about two hours from his home, confirms PEOPLE.
Raffaella Maria Stroik, a 23-year-old professional dancer with St. Louis Ballet, last seen at 10.30 am on Monday on an entire food market in St. Louis. Louis suburb Town and Country, Missouri State Highway Patrol said in a press release.
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Later that day, a ranger discovered at Mark Twain Lake State Park, in the Monroe County countryside about 100 miles northwest of St Louis, Stoke’s unattended vehicles parked at the 107 highway in the ramp, according to St. Louis Post-Dispatch .
A computer control at that time did not link the vehicle to anyone missing a report, said the highway patrol roll. But at 8:50 pm Tuesday a state trooper found that the vehicle was still parked in the same place and a survey was launched after Stroik was declared missing.
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Her personal belongings, including a cell phone, were found inside the locked vehicle, with the keys outside, where “they seemed deliberately placed in a certain location on the vehicle,” said patrol Sgt. Eric Brown, according to KTVI.
A private airplane flying over Mark Twain Lake saw “what he thought was a person in the water” around 9:40 on Wednesday, the motorway squad said in a second press release and after the officers warned, the body was restored and identified as Stroik.
“We have not found any indicators that it was an incorrect game, but it is an open investigation to determine the circumstances of her death,” said Brown.
No way death was released.
Stroik, a native of South Bend, Indiana, joined the St Louis Ballet Company in 2017, according to her bio-page on the company’s website. A spokesman for the company told KTVI before the recovery of her body that they were “very worried about her”.
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“I grew up watching the 1993 version of the New York City Ballet’s Nutcracker, Says Stroik in a video on the ballet company’s website.”
South Bend Tribune reported that Stroik’s father was Duncan Stroik, an architect and professor of longtime architecture at Notre Dame University.