EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. - Mandy Matula died from a single gunshot wound to the head, according to the Eden Prairie Police Department.
Police held a news conference on Sunday night just hours after the Ramsey County Medical Examiner confirmed that remains found by a hiker in Stearns County on Saturday afternoon were those of the missing 24-year-old.
"We finally have a conclusion that Mandy is on her way home," said Steven Matula.
An emotional Chief Rob Reynolds said that it's believed that Matula was shot and killed in Eden Prairie. He said that Matula's ex-boyfriend, David Roe, is the only suspect in the murder.
Police had planned to question Roe, 24, after Matula's disappearance, but before they could ask him any questions, he took his own life in a car parked outside of the Eden Prairie Police Station.
Matula had been missing since May 1.
Mandy's brother, Steven, spoke to KARE 11 on Sunday. He said that Mandy's softball sweatshirt and class ring were also found in Mississippi River Park in Sartell on Saturday.
"Every month got longer and longer, but I kept telling myself everyday is another day sooner," said Steven Matula.
The discovery does bring some closure to this 6 month ordeal. Now that the search is over, family says it can finally begin the healing process. The family said that funeral services will be held at Grace Church on Nov. 9.
"(A) bunch of weight taken off my shoulders," Steven Matula said. "A lot of relief, I'm happy that Mandy can finally come home ... All you can think about is good times from now on, carry them with you wherever you go."
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