Search Widens for Clues to Missing Eden Prairie Woman

Updated: 05/06/2013 4:39 PM By: Maricella Miranda

Police have been checking cell records, finances and homes in search of evidence in the disappearance of a 24-year-old woman whose ex-boyfriend committed suicide outside the Eden Prairie police station.

Police held a news conference Monday about the case, saying that authorities have searched Chanhassen, Victoria, northwest Stearns County and Hennepin County.

Those are the areas where Mandy Marie Matula's former boyfriend, 24-year-old David Roe, had his cell phone signal ping off towers, according to police. Matula has been missing since leaving her family's home late Wednesday.

She was last seen with Roe. On Thursday, Roe shot himself in his head outside the Eden Prairie police station.

Police said there's no evidence that Mandy is alive. Authorities also believe that Roe acted alone.

Police are trying to narrow the search for Matula. It's unclear where authorities will search next.

An unfired bullet was found near Victory Lutheran Church in Eden Prairie, which was consistent with the gun that Roe used to shoot himself. But police said the match wasn't 100 percent, running ballistics on bullet, similar caliber, similar brand.

Police have not revealed the gun's caliber. There were reports of gunfire near Victory church. According to police, several calls were made to say they heard gunfire.

Roe legally purchased the gun in Carver County on April 27.

Roe had agreed to speak with police about Matula's disappearance before he shot himself.

He left a note behind, which had no mention of Matula. The note directed police to a short video on his cell phone, which was a goodbye to his family. The video didn't mention Matula.

Additional details on the note have not been released.

Roe was pronounced dead Friday.

Police say a group of people found several small pieces of paper tissue Sunday morning with what appeared to be blood on the surface.

Police closed off the area but have since confirmed the source of the blood and determined it's not related to Matula's disappearance.

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

According to the City of Eden Prairie, police believe Roe likely traveled within Stearns County after he was last seen with Matula. The Stearns County Sheriff's Department searched areas of the county Sunday.

Sheriff's deputies searched the banks of the Mississippi River in Stearns County on Saturday. The search didn't yield any evidence.

Carver County has also been searched because items of interest were located within the county. The search has not resulted in any significant developments in finding Matula.

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

Anyone with information on Matula's whereabouts, or anyone who saw her with Roe on the evening of May 1 is asked to call the Eden Prairie Police Department at 952-949-6200.

Matula's brother Steven is asking people to search from the metro to St. Cloud. He said she would travel to the area to visit Roe and that Roe went to college there.

Numerous tips about her have been flooding into police.

A search Monday of the Carver Park Reserve turned up a piece of black clothing and a pair of gloves, which police collected, according to a Facebook message from searcher Meglin Lee. The group also found a red and white broken necklace or bracelet.

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.

In 2007, Roe was arrested in a stalking incident in Hennepin County, police said. But he was never criminally charged.

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.

Matula is the third Twin Cities woman to go missing in the last six months.

Searches intensified over the weekend for the other two women, now that the weather is warmer.

Volunteers were back out at Keller Lake in Maplewood searching for Kira Trevino. She's presumed dead after disappearing in February, and her husband is charged in her murder.

Also, the search for Danielle Jelinek continued in Chisago and Washington Counties over the weekend. She has been missing since December. She was last seen with Aaron Schnagl, a person of interest in the case.

Click here to view a Facebook page dedicated to finding Matula.


The Associated Press contributed to this report.