Searches expand to Stearns County for missing Eden Prairie woman

11:43 AM, May 5, 2013   |    comments
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Eden Prairie, Minn. - Friends, family and strangers gathered at Miller Park Sunday morning to begin another day of searching for missing 24-year-old Mandy Matula.

Mandy was last seen early Thurday morning, May 2, at Miller Park in Eden Prairie. The only person of interest in the case, David Roe, shot himself in the Eden Prairie City Hall parking lot Thursday afternoon when he came to speak to investigators about Mandy's disappearance. Roe died from his injuries Friday morning at Hennepin County Medical Center.

Roe is considered the last person to have seen Mandy before she disappeared.

Eden Prairie Police say the searches to find Mandy have now expanded to include the St. Cloud area. Mandy's brother, Steven Matula, confirmed that cell phone records show Roe was in that area Thursday morning. Roe is currently enrolled at St. Cloud State University.

Stearns County officials searched areas around the Mississippi River on Saturday but police say nothing of significance was found. Volunteers searched the Quarry Park and Nature Reserve in St. Cloud but also came up empty-handed.

A group of volunteers posted on the "Finding Mandy Matula" Facebook page that they were going to search areas in St. Cloud again on Sunday. Other groups were continuing to look in areas around Eden Prairie and Victoria, where Roe lived.

The only piece of evidence found so far is an unfired piece of ammunition. A volunteer found the ammunition near Victory Lutheran Church in Eden Prairie, just south of Miller Park.

Authorities closed Eden Prairie Road near the church for several hours Saturday while they combed the area for any more evidence. No more ammunition was found. It is unclear whether the ammunition found matches the type of gun Roe used to shoot himself on Thursday.

Eden Prairie Police say no official searches are planned, but they continue to follow up on potential leads.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Eden Prairie Police Department at 952-949-6200.


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