An St. Louis Ballerina who "transcended everyone every time she danced" has been found dead two days after her abandoned…
An St. Louis Ballerina who “transcended everyone every time she danced” has been found dead two days after her abandoned car was discovered near a lake, officials said.
The lifeless body of Raffaella Maria Stroik, 23, was found in Mark Twain Lake in rural Monroe County around 9:40, according to the Missouri State Highway Patrol.
At a press conference Wednesday, Sgt. Eric Brown said there were no immediate signs of foul play.
“We see nothing that has given us a strong direction right now,” said Brown, according to Herald-Whig.
The dancer’s mysterious disappearance unfolded on Monday when a state park ranger found his 201
2 black Volkswagen Jetta uncovered in a parking lot near the lake.
A computer check showed that Stroik was not reported missing.
The next morning, a Missouri State Trooper site checked and found its car there, which resulted in a report of missing persons being submitted.
A pilot in a private plan who helped in the search for Stroik discovered his body in the lake.
She was last seen at a full meal in St. Petersburg. Louis suburb of town and country around 10.30 am on Monday.
An autopsy was expected to be completed on Thursday morning.
Domestic in South Bend, Indiana, had performed with St. Louis Ballet since 2017 and had the star in “Cinderella,” “Nutcracker” and “La Vie” with the company. She was also a former company member of the American Contemporary Ballet.
“May Raffaella rests in peace. She was a beautiful soul we all will miss deeply,” said St. Louis Ballet on his website.
In Indiana, Stroik landed the concert as Sugar Plum Fairy in 2012 and 2015 productions of The Nutcracker in Southold, South Bend Tribune reported.
She was the daughter of Duncan Stroik, an architectural professor at the University of Notre Dame, who also owns an architectural firm in South Bend.
Former Southold artist director Erica Fischbach recalls the young dancer as someone who had “a very special artistic quality that is just unforgivable”.
“It’s almost like she surpassed every time she danced,” says Fischbach, now director of the Colorado Ballet Academy. “She gave something so special to everyone who looked at her that everyone just loved her. She would take people out of their lives and just look at her.”