The body of Raffaella Maria Stroik, 23, was found Wednesday more than 100 miles northwest of St. Louis in Mark…
The body of Raffaella Maria Stroik, 23, was found Wednesday more than 100 miles northwest of St. Louis in Mark Twain Lake.
More than 100 law enforcement officials, volunteers and family members searched for her in Mark Twain State Park when a private airplane who had joined the search saw her body in the water, officials said in a statement.
There were no immediate signs of foul play, but the investigation of her death is still ongoing, the Missouri Highway Patrol Sgt. Eric Brown told reporters.
An autopsy has been set for Thursday, Brown said.
Stroik was notified Tuesday after her vehicle was found unattended near the park’s parking lot for boat tramp. Authorities believe that her vehicle had been there at least since Monday. Brown said investigators did not know why she was in the state park.
Most recently seen Monday morning on an entire food market in St. Petersburg. Louis suburbs Town and Country, Missouri, said officials.
Stroik had joined the Saint Louis Ballet last year and performed in the company’s productions of “Cinderella,” “Giselle”, “The Nutcracker” and “La Vie.”
“She was a wonderful dancer and a beautiful person We extend our condolences to the family. We are so sad about the loss of this talented and beautiful spirit, “the company said in a statement. dancer was also a ballet teacher at the Expressions Academy of Dance in Belleville, Illinois, according to the studio’s website.