Small Manitoba community shaken after body of missing woman found
The body of Maria Pluschnik was found in the rural municipality of Stanley Monday afternoon, less than a week after she was last seen.
Elissa Polkowski, a friend of Pluschnik, described her as a kind person.
“She was was always a great friend,” Polkowski told Global News via Facebook. “She’s the kind of friend that when I needed someone she always was there for me.”
She also said Pluschnik spent a lot of time talking about her family.
“She loved her family so much.”
Even those who haven’t met Pluschnik are shaken.
“We were obviously kind of shocked,” said Leah Elias, a music teacher at Valley Mennonite Academy.
Elias said students had asked to pray for Pluschnik and her loved ones in class.
“There have been prayer requests for the girl that went missing — first of all, before we knew that she had been found, just that she would be found safely and that she’d be alive,” she said.
“Then after she was found, for the family.”
Pluschnik was last seen Thursday driving her green Dodge Caliber. The temperature was about -25 C that night.
RCMP found her vehicle abandoned in a snowbank three days later.
On Monday, Pluschnik’s body was found about three kilometers from where her car was discovered.
An autopsy had not yet been performed, but there were no obvious signs of foul play on the body, according to police.
A GoFundMe page has been set up to help pay for Pluschnik’s funeral.
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