Search Continues for Missing Eden Prairie Woman

Updated: 05/04/2013 1:00 PM By: Maricella Miranda

Eden Prairie police are asking the public for information about the whereabouts of a 24-year-old missing woman. 

Numerous tips about Mandy Marie Matula, of Eden Prairie, are flooding into the city's police department, police said Friday.

Investigators have been following up on potential leads. Eden Prairie police are receiving assistance from several agencies to investigate the case. No assistance is currently needed with search efforts, police reported. However, help from the public could be needed as the investigation progresses.

As of Friday afternoon, police reported they are continuing to search specific areas, including Miller Park and Round Lake Park in Eden Prairie. There currently is no large-scale public search effort organized by the 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, who has been missing since Wednesday night, has been a part-time, seasonal employee with the city of Eden Prairie's park maintenance division since 2007. Grief counselors and chaplains are being provided to assist city employees.

Matula was last seen by her family around 11 p.m. Wednesday. They reported her missing around 8:30 a.m. Thursday after she didn't show up for work.

Police and other first responders searched Miller Park Thursday evening after a man coming in for questioning in her disappearance shot himself in the parking lot of the Eden Prairie City Hall earlier in the day.

Police believe she was at Miller Park around 1:30 a.m. Thursday with 24-year-old David Roe, of Victoria. Authorities also searched Mitchell Lake and Roe's Victoria home.

Matula's father told KSTP that his daughter dated Roe, but had recently tried breaking off the relationship. Roe did not want the relationship to end, her father said.

Roe was identified as a person of interest and was asked to come to the police station. Officials say when he arrived he shot himself in the head in his vehicle in the parking lot.

Eden Prairie Police say Roe was transported to Hennepin County Medical Center. Police confirmed Friday that Roe is still alive, but an update on his condition has not been released. 

Roe left a note on his dashboard, but police are not releasing further details on the note.

Roe and Matula graduated in 2007 from Eden Prairie High School, according to school officials. Roe played football. Matula played softball.

Roe was convicted of drunken driving in 2007, according to state records.

Police Asking for Tips

Police are asking that anyone who saw a black 2013 Ford Escape, with the Minnesota plate 802-KNA, should call the Eden Prairie Police Department at 952-949-6200.

Police are asking the community to look at any surveillance video they might have for footage of the black SUV. Officials say police have the vehicle but they want to know where it was Wednesday night. There is no danger to the public, according to police.

Police also are asking anyone to report information they know about the last 36 hours that Matula was seen.

The Associated Press contributed to this story.