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Search for Mandy Matula draws overwhelming support

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Kira Trevino's father, Jay Steger, helped with Saturday's search. Kira Trevino's father, Jay Steger, helped with Saturday's search.

Kira Trevino's family combined forces with friends and family of Mandy Matula on Saturday in the continued search for the missing 24-year-old.

An informal search will case a specific area Monday morning around 494 North, a post on the Finding Mandy Matula Facebook group says.

Mandy's brother Steven Matula told FOX 9 that he was overwhelmed by the support and turnout from Saturday's search party. He believed the dense turnout may have knocked off Victoria and Waconia as potential locations where Mandy might be found.

Next weekend, Steven said he hopes to mobilize a large crew to search every inch of Eden Prairie.

Jay Steger, Trevino's father, spoke about the agony of closure as his daughter's body was finally found this week in the Mississippi River after weeks of searching.   

"We were just thinking about getting her home, finding Kira, and now, we're getting the details of what actually happened, and we weren't prepared for that, and our family is taking that kind of hard," Steger said.

That's why they were prompted to join the search for Mandy Matula.

Family and friends met at elementary schools in Waconia and Victoria and scoured parks and roadsides. Matula has been missing since May 1. She was last seen with David Roe, who shot himself in the police parking lot when police asked him to come in for questioning following her disappearance. He later died in the hospital.

Eden Prairie police are coordinating with St. Louis and Stearns counties to search areas of the Mississippi River.


Finding Mandy Matula on Facebook:

A donation fund has also been set up for the Matula family at Wells Fargo. Checks can be made out to the Mandy Matula Fund at any branch, and donations can also be made online through PayPal.


Matula's family also hopes volunteer searchers will continue to keep the family of another missing Minnesota woman in their minds as well as they search.

Minnesota United on Facebook:!/pages/Minnesota-United/108376802700423?directed_target_id=0

The Associated Press Contributed to this report.


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