5K run helps Jelinek family and abuse victims

  • Updated: December 16, 2013 - 4:44 PM
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Around the path at Woodbury’s Colby Lake, messages reminded runners why they were there: To honor Danielle Jelinek and raise funds for the Domestic Abuse Project.

Photo: Photos by JIM ANDERSON • jeaanderson@startribune.com,

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More than 250 runners of all ages came out to Woodbury’s Colby Lake on Aug. 17 for the first “5K for Dani J,” to honor Danielle Jelinek and raise funds for the Domestic Abuse Project. This event was held to honor, celebrate and remember Jelinek’s life. A dedicated runner despite having asthma who frequently took her runs around Colby Lake, she grew up in Cottage Grove and lived in Oakdale before she disappeared in December. Her body was found five months later, and an exact cause of death is still being determined. Jelinek’s family hopes to make the run an annual event.

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  • At the finish line, Cory Jelinek, right foreground, Danielle’s sister, and Ed Jelinek, their father, second from left, greeted runners at the finish line. They were joined by Steven Matula, at right in blue, who is the brother of Mandy Matula, who was last seen in Eden Prairie on May 1.

  • Danielle Jelinek is 27 years old, 5'4'', weighs about 120 lb, dark hark, brown eyes. Last talked to on Saturday afternoon. Last known location was at Aaron Schnagls house in Chisago; where he purse, phone, id, shoes, and car were all located. Chisago County police department was contacted Sunday afternoon after my cousin's friend contacted my aunt about not being able to get into contact with Dani; which is not like her. They went out to Aarons' residence located on Lofton and 261st to do a welfare check on Danielle. Aaron was incorporative at this time and a search warrant...

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