Police are chasing leads and pleading with the public for help in the search for Mandy Matula of Eden Prairie who disappeared before a man she had been involved with shot himself Thursday afternoon outside police headquarters.
Matula, 24, was last seen with David Roe, also 24, who was called to the Eden Prairie police station to talk to a detective as part of the search for Matula. He shot himself before he could be questioned. Roe was taken to Hennepin County Medical Center, but there was no new information on his condition Friday. He's alive but unresponsive, WCCO reports. Police have said he was a person of interest in Matula's disappearance, WCCO reported.
Lt. Bill Wyffels on Friday morning asked for community help in determining Matula’s whereabouts over the past 36 hours, the Star Tribune reports. Police are asking business owners to review surveillance video in hopes that they might trace the path of Roe's Ford Escape, FOX 9 reported.
Wyffels said Matula’s family last saw her – with Roe – at the family home in Eden Prairie about 11 p.m. Wednesday. She was reported missing Thursday morning. It is believed Matula and Roe last spent time in Miller Park in Eden Prairie at about 1:30 a.m. Thursday, the Pioneer Press reported.
The couple's relationship “had subsided,” Wyffels said. Matula in the last week had told her family that she was breaking off the relationship with Roe.
Investigators already have searched Miller Park, Mitchell Lake and Roe's home, the Pioneer Press reported.
Police say Roe left a note on his dashboard before he shot himself, but declined to offer details, KARE 11 reports.
Both Matula and Roe were student-athletes who graduated from Eden Prairie High School in 2007.