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Tragic Update In The Search For The Missing Ballerina

Missouri State Highway Patrol

The search for a missing ballet dancer ended in tragedy this week, as police say her body was discovered in a lake.

Raffaella Stroik, 23, a dancer with the St. Louis Ballet Company, was last seen on Monday morning while shopping at a Whole Foods grocery story.

Later that day, her Volkswagen Jetta was found abandoned with Stroik's phone inside, parked in the nearby Mark Twain State Park.

An investigation by state troopers and park rangers revealed Stroik had not gone home that day, and a missing persons case was opened to investigate her disappearance.

Raffaella Stroik
Stroik's car was found empty the day she went missing.Missouri State Highway Patrol

Police, and Stroik’s father Duncan, asked the public for information that could help track down the missing dancer on Tuesday.

"We ask for people's prayers and any help they can to help find our darling daughter," Duncan said.

He also revealed that he spoke with his daughter just days earlier, and said everything seemed normal at the time.

But on Wednesday, police announced that Stroik’s body had been discovered in Mark Twain Lake, near where her car was discovered.

A public information officer from the Missouri State Highway Patrol said there is no evidence of foul play in Stroik's death, but investigations are ongoing.

[H/T: Riverfront Times, KMOV]

We pray that Stroik's family will get some answers. Rest in peace Raffaella.

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