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'Person of interest' in disappearance of Eden Prairie woman dies

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David M. Roe, who shot himself in the head outside the Eden Prairie police station Thursday before authorities could question him about Mandy Matula’s disappearance, is dead, the Star Tribune reports.

Saturday morning the Hennepin County Medical Examiner confirmed his death, but released no other details, saying they were still in the process of talking to his family members, the paper reports.

WCCO-TV and others report that police are also investigating the discovery of an unfired piece of ammunition around County Road 4 and Scenic Heights Road in Eden Prairie.

A search by some 200 volunteers for the missing Eden Prairie woman Friday ended in frustration as it yielded no clues, the Star Tribune reports.

Mandy Matula, 24, was reported missing early Thursday when she didn't show up to work.

According to authorities, she was last seen with her boyfriend, 24-year-old David Roe, who shot himself in the head outside the Eden Prairie police station before they could question him.

Also Saturday, police had cordoned off an area near Miller Park where they had found evidence relating to the Matula investigation, according to the Star Tribune.

KARE 11 says police called Roe "a person of interest" in the case.

The Star Tribune says some of the searchers were clinging on to fading hopes that Matula was laying injured somewhere, but her younger brother, Steven Matula, said that police had told them they were looking for a body.

Vowing to start the search again Saturday morning, Steven Matula said, "She wouldn't be giving up on me."

According to the Star Tribune, Mandy Matula was at her parents' house late Wednesday night when family members heard her arguing with Roe on the phone, and went outside to the man's Ford Escape when he pulled up.

Steven Matula said they both took off in the vehicle "with us assuming they would go resolve it."

He said his sister and Roe ad been dating off and on for several months, and that their first breakup was in August. He added that Roe kept trying to get back together with his sister.

While most of the searchers will continue looking in the Eden Prairie area Saturday, some volunteers will head to I-94 in the St. Cloud area. Steven Matula said police told him that cellphone record indicated that Roe was driving in that area.

Hennepin County Sheriff’s divers searched Mitchell and Round Lakes much of the day Thursday, but came up with nothing.

See KARE 11's report on Friday's search below.

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