Mandy Matula search heightens as season changes

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EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. - As autumn begins, Eden Prairie police believe the season could be significant in the search for Mandy Matula.

Police want hunters and other outdoorsmen traversing the banks of the Mississippi River north of Sartell to be mindful of the missing Eden Prairie woman.

Matula disappeared May 1 from Eden Prairie. Her ex-boyfriend David Roe, the primary focus of police, took his own life before he could be questioned.

"We are definitely hoping possibly some hunters could stumble upon evidence, lead us in a direction to give us some guidance," said Wayne Matula, Mandy's father. "Every day it is in our hearts. You wake up with it. You go to bed with it. Where is Mandy? What happened? We are still searching for some answers and that is why we are still asking people to continue to look."

As the landscape whittles towards winter, the family hopes the lowered river and thinning brush will offer a clearer view.

"The river is down further. Islands are more open, and we get a closer look to the ground," said Steven Matula, her brother. "We are hoping as more people get out there before winter comes, they spot her and bring her home."

Steven Matula says he hopes to organize searches later this fall.

Anyone with information that may lead to Matula's whereabouts is asked to call the Eden Prairie Police Department at 952-949-6200.

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