Updated: 05/10/2013 7:18 PM KSTP.com By: Maricella Miranda
The family of Kira Trevino, whose body was found this week in the Mississippi River, will help search Saturday for a missing Eden Prairie woman.
Volunteers also made more than 120 signs alerting people to search for Mandy Marie Matula, 24, who has been missing since May 1 when she left her family's home. The signs will be placed at lakes and rivers in Carver, Hennepin, Stearns, and Sherburne counties.
Matula was last seen with her ex-boyfriend David Roe. Roe agreed to speak with police about her disappearance, but then shot himself in the Eden Prairie city hall parking lot. He was pronounced dead May 3.
Matula's next door neighbor also has been organizing efforts to blanket thousands of flyers and handouts about Matula's disappearance.
On Saturday, a large community search for Matula is being planned by Matula's brother, Steven Matula. He held a news conference Friday in Eden Prairie to provide details about the search and instructions for those helping.
Steven Matula will be leading a search in Victoria, Minn., which will start at 10 a.m. Saturday at Victoria Elementary School, 9300 Red Fox Drive.
Trevino's parents from Wisconsin and her cousins from Texas will be joining search efforts, leading searchers in Waconia. The search will start at 11 a.m. Saturday at Bayview Elementary, 24 S. Walnut St. in Waconia.
Trevino's father, Jay Steger, said he doesn't know the Matula family, but he knows how they feel. "We're just trying to pay it forward," Steger said.
The family also will help post signs alerting anglers to search for Matula near boat launches.
Hennepin County Water Patrol officers also will be alerting people at marinas this weekend about her disappearance. Friends and family are asking people to remain vigilant this weekend when fishing and visiting parks across Minnesota for the state's fishing opener.
Eden Prairie police continue actively investigating her whereabouts, the department reported Thursday. Police have narrowed down areas of interest in Carver, Wright, Stearns, Sherburne and Benton counties. A map of the target search areas is available here.
On Thursday, authorities in Stearns and Wright counties also searched sections of the Mississippi River. Search map information is available here.
Police are asking anyone living within the targeted areas and residents in Eden Prairie to search their own property and neighborhoods, including nearby wooded and open areas.
Police are reminding the public to be safe, to search only during daylight hours, to avoid public roads and to be respectful of private property.