Police discourage Matula volunteers from doing water searches

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The Eden Prairie Police Department is asking volunteers looking for a missing Eden Prairie woman to refrain from doing their own water searches, KSTP-TV reports.

The notice from the department comes after recent activity on the Finding Mandy Matula and Minnesota United Facebook pages, which apparently falsely indicated that police were endorsing volunteer-led water searches.

However, police say, conditions are too dangerous -- especially on rivers.

Water levels on the Mississippi River are high and the current is fast, making the river very dangerous at this time," Eden Prairie police said in a press release. "Any small mistake in these conditions can quickly turn into a water emergency that could result in injury or death."

Matula, 24, has been missing since May 1. She was last seen with her ex-boyfriend, David Roe, who was described as a “person of interest” in the case.

Asked to come in for questioning by officials, Roe shot himself outside the Eden Prairie Police Department and later died.

Police say they appreciate the efforts of volunteers, but are "working closely with multiple law enforcement agencies from throughout the state to conduct searches by land, air and water in targeted areas surrounding Eden Prairie and northward along the Mississippi River toward Stearns County."

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