St. Louis ballet dancer mysteriously found dead in lake in rural Missouri

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A St. Louis ballet dancer was mysteriously found dead in a rural Missouri lake after police spotted her car abandoned nearby, authorities said.

The body of Raffaella Stroik, 23, was found Wednesday morning in Mark Twain Lake, the Missouri State Highway Patrol said.

The state park, in rural Monroe County, is about 130 miles away from St. Louis.

PHOTO: Ballet dancer Raffaella Stroik in an undated photo distributed by the Missouri State Highway Patrol.
Ballet dancer Raffaella Stroik in an undated photo distributed by the Missouri State Highway Patrol.

The investigation began when a state park ranger found Stroik’s car on Monday in the boat ramp parking lot, the state highway patrol said.

A trooper checked again Tuesday morning and found the car still in the lot, authorities said.

Investigators determined Stroik, of St. Louis, was missing, and her family and friends helped authorities in the search.

PHOTO: Ballet dancer Raffaella Stroik in an undated photo distributed by the Missouri State Highway Patrol.
Ballet dancer Raffaella Stroik in an undated photo distributed by the Missouri State Highway Patrol.

Stroik was last seen Monday morning at a Whole Foods in Town and Country, just outside of St. Louis, authorities said.

She is a South Bend, Indiana, native who joined the Saint Louis Ballet Company in 2017, according to the company’s website.

PHOTO: Ballet dancer Raffaella Stroik in an undated photo distributed by the Missouri State Highway Patrol.
Ballet dancer Raffaella Stroik in an undated photo distributed by the Missouri State Highway Patrol.

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