Minnesota woman Danielle Jelinek remains missing as Christmas awaits just around the corner. Her loved ones are undoubtedly having a hard time getting into a festive mood with her still missing and the speculation heavy with suspicion in the case. In the latest update in this sad story, the family of the missing woman has opened up about this holiday season and their thoughts about the person of interest in the case -- Aaron Schnagel -- who reports are now calling a "suspect."
CBS Minnesota is calling Aaron Schnagel the prime suspect in Danielle's disappearance, though the last official word released by police via media indicates that he is a person of interest. So which is it? Is Aaron a suspect now?
The mother of Danielle Jelinek says that her daughter often cried about Aaron. She said Danielle would say she was scared and she'd come home or have her pick her up. Even though he isn't charged yet in Danielle's disappearance, the family of the missing woman believes he knows more than he's letting on.
"If he has any kind of a soul, then he would come forth with the truth to give us peace," said Janice Jelinek.
So far not much has been found in the search for the missing Chisago County woman. However, it's been made public knowledge for several days now that bloody paper towels were found in the home of Aaron Schnagel. There are also conflicting stories coming from him. He allegedly told a mutual friend shared between him and Danielle that the woman had a drug overdose. He also allegedly told another person that she freaked out and took off. So did either of these scenarios actually happen or is Aaron hiding something?
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