Leads elusive in search for missing EP woman

1:25 PM, May 3, 2013   |    comments
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EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. - Police say they are seeking leads that could lead to a missing Eden Prairie woman whose estranged boyfriend shot himself in the head before investigators could question him.

Eden Prairie Police Lieutenant Bill Wyffels met with reporters early Friday, offering little new information in the case of Mandy Matula, a 24-year-old woman who was last seen with her former boyfriend in Miller Park Wednesday night.

Wyffels says investigators will be searching an area identified while pursuing leads, and hope it will generate clues as to where Matula might be. He also related that the two had been in a significant relationship, but that ended a short time before Mandy's disappearance.  

Police identified 24-year-old David Marshall Roe as a person of interest while in the early stages of investigating this missing persons case. Roe agreed to talk with detectives, but after driving into the City Center parking lot around 1:30 p.m. on Thursday, he pulled a gun and shot himself in the head.

No official condition has been released on Roe, but Wyffels says he has been told by hospital personnel at HCMC that he is unable to answer questions, suggesting that his condition is grave.

Surveillance video shows Roe was alone in his car, pulling into the parking lot around 1:30 p.m. As officers went outside to meet him, they say Roe shot himself in his car.

Police also say Roe left a note on his dashboard, but declined to elaborate on what it contained.

"We had no idea things were going the direction it did. He pulled in the parking lot and moments later, like I said had a self inflicted gun shot wound," said Wyffels on Thursday.

Matula was scheduled to be at work Thursday morning. Her family called police around 8:30 a.m. saying that not showing up for work was "outside her normal routine."

Police brought in search dogs and volunteers during the afternoon search. They closed off Miller Park, where Matula and Roe were last seen, but have since opened the park. The Hennepin County Sheriff's Office also brought in a boat Thursday evening to search the lake in the far east portion of the park. Investigators would not confirm any details about the search.

"At this point, I don't know where Mandy is. I don't know her danger level. I know there is a concern to find her because of the abnormal circumstances," he said.

If you know anything about Mandy Matula's whereabouts or have seen the Ford Escape she was last seen in, please call Eden Prairie Police at 952-949-6200.

Authorities have scheduled a news conference for Monday morning.

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