Search continues for missing Eden Prairie womanEDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. (AP) — Police in Eden Prairie said Friday they have been following up on many tips and leads as they continue to search for a 24-year-old woman, a day after a man wanted for questioning in her disappearance shot himself in the head in the police parking lot.
EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. (AP) — Police in Eden Prairie said Friday they have been following up on many tips and leads as they continue to search for a 24-year-old woman, a day after a man wanted for questioning in her disappearance shot himself in the head in the police parking lot.
Investigators again asked for the public's help for information regarding where Mandy Marie Matula might be. She was reported missing Thursday morning after she didn't show up for work. Eden Prairie police Lt. Bill Wyffels said Friday that authorities had no new information on her possible whereabouts.
"Our goal is to find Mandy," Wyffels said.
Police believe Matula was with 24-year-old David Marshall Roe in Miller Park early Thursday. Wyffels said the two had a romantic relationship previously, but were not currently dating.
Authorities searched Miller Park, Mitchell Lake and Roe's Victoria home, saying they were continuing to follow leads.
Roe had agreed to speak with police Thursday. He drove to the Eden Prairie City Center that afternoon, and surveillance cameras spotted him with a handgun.
He was taken to Hennepin County Medical Center after wounding himself. Police have not released Roe's condition. The hospital says it has no information on his condition.
Wyffels did say that Roe is not able to provide information to officers at this time.
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 St. Paul Pioneer Press reported that Matula is the third woman to go missing in the Twin Cities area in recent months. In each case, a significant other has been named a suspect or person of interest.
Danielle Jelinek, 28, of Oakdale has been missing since Dec. 9, after reportedly spending the night at the Chisago County home of a man with whom she had an on-again, off-again romantic relationship. He is in jail on drug charges and has not been charged in her disappearance.
Kira Steger Trevino, 30, was last heard from on the evening of Feb. 21. Her husband has been charged with murder, even though her body has not been found. Investigators believe she is dead because of the amount of blood found in the couple's St. Paul home.
Anyone with information about Matula's whereabouts is asked to call Eden Prairie police at 952-949-6200.