Police Collect 'Suspicious Evidence' in Search for Mandy Matula

Posted at: 05/04/2013 12:14 PM
Updated at: 05/05/2013 3:33 PM
By: Leslie Dyste

A portion of Scenic Heights Road, starting at Village Woods Drive in Eden Prairie, was closed to search for Mandy Marie Matula Sunday around 10 a.m.

Police confirmed the search is related to Matula and that they called the search because they've been getting steady tips and they are "collecting suspicious evidence that was located this (Sunday) morning."

According to the City of Eden Prairie, police discovered several small pieces of tissue. There appeared to be blood on the surface of the tissue.

As a result, police closed off the area, including the portion of Scenic Heights Road between Red Oak Drive and Village Woods Drive, to investigate.

According to the City of Eden Prairie, the latest finding appeared to be unrelated to Matula’s disappearance. However, Eden Prairie Police will investigate the area as a crime scene until further notice.

New developments in the case came in Saturday night, too.

The Hennepin County medical examiner confirmed 24-year-old David Roe died, and police uncovered a possible clue in the disappearance of Mandy Matula.

Police believe 24-year-old Matula of Eden Prairie, was with Roe in Miller Park early Thursday before she went missing.

Roe had agreed to speak with police Thursday about Matula's disappearance. He drove to the Eden Prairie City Center that afternoon and shot himself in the head.

He also left a note behind. Details of what was in the note have not been released.

Roe was taken to Hennepin County Medical Center, where he later died.

Police said Roe was not able to provide information to officers.

Eden Prairie police cordoned off an area near Victory Lutheran Church Saturday morning, near Miller Park, after receiving a call around 10 a.m. about ammunition found.

A community search group recovered the unfired ammunition during a search for Matula. Police were trying to track where the ammunition came from, and it's not yet clear whether it is connected to the Matula case.

The Crime Lab was also at the scene, and police closed part of Eden Prairie Road (County Road 4) to traffic for two hours Saturday as they focused in on the area for more clues.

Eden Prairie police and the family of Matula are still asking the public for information about her whereabouts.

Steven Matula tells KSTP the search for his sister may reach beyond Eden Prairie. He is asking people to search from the metro to St. Cloud. He said she would travel to the area to visit Roe. He said Roe went to college there.

Sheriff's deputies searched the banks of the Mississippi River in Stearns County on Saturday. Police won't say what prompted that search, but said that it did not yield any evidence.

Numerous tips about her have been flooding into the city's police department.

Police recommend that Eden Prairie residents interested in helping should search their own property and neighborhoods, including nearby wooded areas. While searching, police are reminding the public to be safe and respectful of private property.

Matula and Roe graduated from Eden Prairie High School in 2007. The Duluth News Tribune reported that Matula played softball at the University of Minnesota Duluth from 2008 to 2011.

Matula has been a part-time seasonal worker with Eden Prairie's Park Maintenance Division since 2007.

Grief counselors and chaplains have been made available to her co-workers.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.