Search for Mandy continues, expands to St. Cloud area

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The search to find Mandy Matula has expanded to include the St. Cloud area.

KARE 11 reports that Mandy's brother, Steven Matula, confirmed that cell phone records show David Roe, the last person known to see Mandy, was in that area Thursday morning. That's when she disappeared. Roe was enrolled at St. Cloud State University.

Roe shot himself in the Eden Prairie City Hall parking lot Thursday afternoon when he came to speak to investigators about Matula's disappearance. He died from his injuries.

Stearns County officials searched areas around the Mississippi River Saturday but police say they found nothing of significance. Volunteers who searched the Quarry Park and Nature Reserve in St. Cloud also came up empty-handed. A group of volunteers posted on the "Missing Mandy Matula" Facebook page that they were going to search in St. Cloud again Sunday.

Meanwhile, friends, family and strangers again gathered at Miller Park Sunday to begin another day of searching. The Pioneer Press reports that a portion of Scenic Heights Road in Eden Prairie was closed Sunday morning when volunteers found a suspicious item: several small pieces of tissue with what appeared to be blood on the surface, according to Eden Prairie Police. The items do not appear related to Matula's disappearance but the area has been designated a crime scene.

On Saturday, volunteers found an unfired piece of ammunition near the park. The Pioneer Press reports investigators did not disclose whether the caliber of the bullet matched the handgun that Roe used to shoot himself, but ballistic tests were under way.

Police ask Eden Prairie residents to look around their properties for possible evidence.

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