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Police find body of missing St. Louis ballerina in Mark Twain Lake

Police find body of missing St. Louis ballerina in Mark Twain Lake

Police found the body of a missing 23-year-old St. Louis ballerina in Mark Twain Lake in northeast Missouri Wednesday morning, according to Missouri State Highway Patrol. Searchers found the body of Raffaella Maria Stroik shortly before 9:30 a.m.
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Police found the body of a missing 23-year-old St. Louis ballerina in Mark Twain Lake in northeast Missouri Wednesday morning, according to Missouri State Highway Patrol. Searchers found the body of Raffaella Maria Stroik shortly before 9:30 a.m.

Police found the body of a missing 23-year-old St. Louis ballerina in Mark Twain Lake in northeast Missouri Wednesday morning, according to Missouri State Highway Patrol.

Searchers found the body of Raffaella Maria Stroik shortly before 9:30 a.m. in the water near a boat ramp in Mark Twain State Park in rural Monroe County.

A private plane pilot saw what appeared to be a person in the water and notified police. Missouri State Highway Patrol Water Patrol Division officers recovered Stroik’s body.

Foul play is not suspect in Stroik’s death, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported. More details were expected to be released at a 2 p.m. press conference.

Stroik was last seen alive around 10:30 a.m. Monday at the Whole Foods Market grocery story at 1160 Town and Country Crossing Drive in Town and Country, Mo., according to Missouri Highway Patrol.

Stroik is listed as a dancer on the Saint Louis Ballet’s website. She was also a teacher at Expressions Academy of Dance in Belleville, according to the company’s website.

A state park ranger found her unattended vehicle at the Highway 107 boat ramp parking lot on Tuesday morning.

State Highway Patrol troopers and the Missouri Department of Natural Resources park rangers determined Stroik was missing Tuesday and a missing persons report was filed.

An investigation into Stroik’s death continues.

The Missouri State Highway Patrol was assisted by the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office, Missouri Department of Natural Resources, Missouri Department of Conservation, Missouri State Fire Marshal’s Office, Monroe City Fire Department, Monroe City Ambulance District, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, and Moberly Area Community College Law Enforcement Training Center were assisting in the investigation.

Friends and family of Stroik also helped with the search.

Reporter Kelsey Landis: 618-239-2110, @kelseylandis
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