Mandy Matula's family visits Sartell park to help with closure

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Several family members and friends of Mandy Matula visited the Sartell park Monday where the remains of the missing Eden Prairie woman were found over the weekend, the St. Cloud Times reports.

Matula’s remains were discovered by a hiker shortly after 1 p.m. Saturday at Mississippi River County Park. Eden Prairie police say the 24-year-old's body was discovered wrapped in a blanket, along with a University of Minnesota-Duluth softball pullover and an Eden Prairie High School class ring.

"We are thankful the Lord provided an opportunity for a person to find her," Mandy Matula's father, Wayne Matula, told the Times.

Mandy Matula's brother, Steven Matula, says the family can now have closure with the discovery.

"Knowing that the body was found, all that stress and wondering where Mandy ... that body is, is now coming to an end," Steven Matula told KSTP-TV. "I'm happy because we can finally have her back."

Steven Matula also told the Times that previous search efforts at the Sartell park came within 30 yards of where his sister's remains were found.

Mandy Matula's family says funeral services will be held soon at Grace Church in Eden Prairie.

The Ramsey County Medical Examiner determined that Matula, who went missing in May, likely died of a single gunshot wound to the head.

Police say the only person suspected in Matula's death is David Roe, who was her boyfriend at the time of the disappearance. Roe shot himself outside the Eden Prairie Police Department shortly before he was to be questioned by authorities in May. He later died at a nearby hospital.

The St. Cloud area had been targeted in the search for Matula since Roe was enrolled at St. Cloud State University. In addition, Matula's cell phone was traced to central Minnesota the night she disappeared, authorities say.

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