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MANDY MATULA: Search warrant clearly points finger at boyfriend

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A search warrant filed Tuesday in Hennepin County definitively identifies David Roe as responsible for the death or disappearance of his girlfriend, Mandy Matula.

"Harm has come to Mandy Matula at the hands of David Roe and she has either been injured by David Roe or is involuntarily captive in a place chosen by David Roe," the filing said.


At about 11:15 p.m. on May 2, Roe spoke with Eden Prairie police by phone after learning Matula never returned home the previous night. He gave the following information:

- He went to Mandy's house at 11 p.m. the night before.

- Mandy got in the car and they went to Miller Park to talk.

- He and Mandy were going through tough times and they were trying to work it out.

- The discussion got heated, but never out of control.

- Mandy got out of the car and began walking home.

- He followed her in his car until she got to the entrance of Miller Park at Eden Prairie Road, at which point he drove off.

- He arrived at his home in Victoria around 2 a.m.

- He last saw her walking at the entrance to Miller Park


At about 1:35 p.m. on May 2, David Roe pulled into the Eden Prairie City Center parking lot, where he agreed to meet with police and give a statement.

Officers saw Roe put a gun to his head. They confronted him, urging him to put the gun down, but Roe shot himself.

A Post-It note was left on the driver's window, which read, "Play the last video I took for my brother Pat – I love you Pat! 7780"

A cell phone was on the floor of the SUV in plain view. It is presumed the numbers 7780 were the code to unlock his iPhone.


Investigators believe David Roe is responsible for the death or disappearance of Mandy Matula for the following reasons:

- She was last seen by her parents entering Roe's car at 11 p.m. on May 1.

- She was attempting to break-up with Roe.

- She left her cell phone and purse at home.

- She is still missing and her location is unknown.

- Roe claims that she left his car after arguing with him and started to walk home. He followed her to a location about six blocks from her home and then drove to his house.

- When invited to the Eden Prairie police station to give a formal statement, he pulled into the parking lot and shot himself in the head.


The search for Mandy Matula continues with organized efforts in Eden Prairie and St. Cloud on Saturday, May 18. Volunteers can meet at the St.Cloud prison at 10 a.m. or at Grace Church in Eden Prairie at 9:30 a.m.

More details are available on Facebook at

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