Police seek hunters' help in search for Mandy Matula

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Hunters are being asked to assist in the search for 24-year-old Mandy Matula, who was last seen May 1 in Eden Prairie.

Fall hunting seasons are getting under way in Minnesota, and investigators are reminding participants that the search for Matula continues. Investigators on Monday issued an update on the case, noting details about where they believe her body might be found:

"Over the past four months, Eden Prairie Police have worked closely with several local, state and federal agencies to investigate the circumstances of Matula’s disappearance. Multiple searches have been conducted by land, air and water in targeted areas surrounding Eden Prairie and northward along the Mississippi River toward Stearns County.

"Evidence in the case has indicated a span along the Mississippi River, from the Sartell Dam northward toward the Mississippi River County Park, as a strong area of interest. Law enforcement searches of this area have utilized K-9 resources, underwater sonar detection and remote operating vehicles with deep water cameras."

Matula was last seen May 1 in Eden Prairie with David Roe, with whom she had once had a relationship. Police had contacted him for questioning in the case, but he died after he shot himself May 2, just before investigators could talk to him. Police have said Matula’s blood was found on a jacket in Roe’s vehicle.

Loved ones have tried to keep the search for Matula in the public's view, in part with updates to a Facebook page dedicated to searches for the missing.

Anyone with information is urged to call Eden Prairie police at 952-949-6200.

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