Public Information Officers:
Katie (Beal) Bengtson
Eden Prairie, Minn. – The Eden Prairie Police Department is releasing test results related to the investigation of 24-year-old Mandy Marie Matula’s disappearance.
Ballistics testing has confirmed that markings on the unfired bullet discovered Saturday, May 4 indicate it was at some point in the chamber of the handgun David Marshall Roe used on himself.
In addition, DNA analysis has revealed the presence of Matula’s DNA in a blood sample from a jacket found in Roe’s vehicle.
Matula was known to be with Roe before her disappearance, and was reported as missing to Police by her family at 8:30 a.m., Thursday, May 2.
Based on information from Matula’s family, Police identified Roe as a person of interest and contacted him by phone. Roe agreed to meet with an investigator at the Police Department for questioning, but upon arrival at the Eden Prairie City Center (8080 Mitchell Road) parking lot, he suffered from a self-inflicted gunshot wound in his vehicle. Roe was immediately transported to HCMC, and was confirmed as deceased by the Hennepin County Medical Examiner Saturday, May 4.
Police are reviewing both physical and electronic evidence that might lead to Matula’s location, including Roe’s vehicle, cellphone and computer, his home and financial records. This evidence has led Police to search in targeted areas around Eden Prairie, Carver County and Stearns County. Based on cellphone and financial records, Roe is confirmed to have stopped at a Maple Grove Standard station and purchased gas at around 4 a.m. Thursday, May 2.
Today Police are repeating surface checks on lakes in Eden Prairie, and continuing to follow up on potential leads and search targeted areas.
Eden Prairie Police have received a tremendous amount of support from Matula’s family and friends, and the community, and greatly value the leads and tips which continue to pour in.
Anyone with information on Matula’s whereabouts, or who may have seen her with David Roe on the evening of Wednesday, May 1, is asked to call the Eden Prairie Police Department at 952-949-6200.
No further information about the investigation is available at this time. Future updates will be posted at edenprairie.org/missingperson.