Fisherman finds missing woman's body encased in ice in a holding pond, boyfriend charged with murder
Elizabeth Victoria Perrault, 41, went missing in November last year and her boyfriend Uriah David Schulz told their friends that she had entered a treatment facility
On Monday, Uriah David Schulz was charged with second-degree murder in the death of Elizabeth Victoria Perrault, 41, from Burnsville, who was also his girlfriend. The maximum sentence for the said charge on 40-year-old Schulz of Apple Valley is 40 years in prison. He was arrested without incident on Monday.
According to search warrant applications filed by authorities, Perrault was last contacted on November 1, 2017 before she went missing from her Burnsville apartment. Her body was eventually found on April 22 encased in ice near the Minnesota River, with the police filing classifying the case as “highly suspicious."
“Our thoughts go out to the family and friends of Elizabeth,” Burnsville Police Chief Eric Gieseke said. “Every loss of life is a terrible tragedy, and we are hopeful that this arrest may help them in the difficult healing process.”
Schulz allegedly claimed to his friends as well as to detectives that he had not seen Perrault since last November after she had "entered a treatment facility," according to the criminal complaint.
Authorities used dental records to identify her body after a fisherman discovered her remains along Black Dog Road under the Interstate 35W bridge in a holding pond south of the Minnesota River, Sun This Week reports.
Authorities ruled Perrault's death a homicide after finding evidence of blunt force trauma.
Back in December, officers found the victim's apartment to be relatively empty after her mother requested a welfare check.
In February, two men claimed they had not seen Perrault since October 2017 and filed a missing person's report. According to them, she was not active on social media nor was she responding to any phone calls. At the time, she had been sharing the apartment with her boyfriend Schulz.
Having said that, the men revealed that Schulz had shown up at their apartment acting "frantically" and saying he missed Perrault. However, Schulz stopped responding to their calls as time went by.
It was revealed that Perrault had last paid rent in November and hadn't paid for the following two months after officers contacted the management of her apartment complex. They had sent multiple notices to her residence, but to no avail.
Burnsville police took samples of blood and a dark stain on the carpet in her apartment for DNA analysis after conducting a search of the residence in February. Based on the control samples taken from her parents, it was confirmed that it was Perrault's blood on the floor.
In March, investigators found blood that matched the same profile while searching Schulz's car.
In an obvious attempt to cover his tracks, Schulz stated in an interview that Perrault spilled wine in his vehicle even before he was asked about the stains.
In June, Schulz was formally asked about the blood in his car trunk, he explained that it may have come from when he picked her up at a hospital and "they messed up her IV." However, he was unable to justify why the blood was in the trunk of all places.
Around the second or third week of October 2017, a neighbor heard a loud “boom” from Perrault’s apartment, according to an interview she had with the police. Apparently, the sound was so loud that it shook the lamps in her apartment.
According to the complaint, Schulz was spotted by her two or three days later moving things out of Perrault's apartment. That said, she never spotted her neighbor again.
Dakota County Attorney James Backstrom said in a somber release: “On behalf of everyone involved in the investigation and prosecution of this case, I wish to express our deepest sympathy to the family and friends of Elizabeth Perrault."