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MATULA FILE: Police interview with Roe, evidence released

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It was a murder-suicide that sent shockwaves across the Twin Cities metro and beyond, and the Eden Prairie Police Department is now opening up its case file on Mandy Matula's murder to Fox 9 News.

The recorded call and evidence photographs give new insight into the tragic death and months-long search for Matula, who is presumed to have been shot and killed by her estranged boyfriend, David Roe. Police believe Roe buried her body near the Mississippi River, but he never told them so outright. Instead, he shot and killed himself at the Eden Prairie City Center right before meeting with police. On Thursday, Fox 9 News learned that Roe was extremely drunk on that day in May.

Also, and for the very first time, Roe's own words about the ordeal have come to light. David Roe's phone interview with police on the day Matula was reported missing has now been released in full, and you can listen to the unedited audio on Fox 9's YouTube channel. Throughout the 15-minute conversation, he sticks to his story that the two had fought while parked in Miller Park and that Matula stormed out of his vehicle to walk home alone.

"When Mandy gets mad, she just doesn't want anything to do with anybody," Roe said.

YOUTUBE: David Roe interview with Eden Prairie police

MORE: Transcript of police call with David Roe [PDF]

Roe agreed to drive to the police station for a formal interview, but he never made it inside. Instead, he committed suicide without ever telling anyone where he hid Matula's body. Soon after, police questioned his father about what may have caused the issues in the young couple's relationship. He said, "My gut tells me that it was alcohol."

In a separate taped conversation with police, a friend of Roe's explained that the then-24-year-old had talked about killing himself if he couldn't be with Matula. Yet, despite the new details, there are still questions. Why didn't people connect the dots sooner, and why didn't police go to Roe rather than letting him drive to the police station?

"We always knew Dave was on edge sometimes," a friend told police. "Realistically, we never thought he was capable of something like this."

The public case file contains photographs of Roe's bloody Ruger SR-40 and the shallow grave where Matula's body was found. Police also photographed a hand-written love-letter Roe once sent to Mandy. In it, he said he did not "know why we fight, well why I fight" and wrote, "I pray we can stay together for a long and happy relationship."


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ROE APOLOGIZES TO BROTHER IN LAST VIDEO

Before Roe pulled the trigger in the parking lot of the Eden Prairie City Center, he left one final video for his brother. Below is the full transcription provided by Records Technician Rock.

"What's up, Pat? Hey, man, I just want you to know I'm sorry. Hey, I want you to -- (crying) I want you to grow up to be the man that I couldn't be. All right, so quit -- quit f---ing around in school. Get your s--- done -- (crying) and grow up and make us all proud to carry on our name. You know I love you -- (crying) and I'm sorry that I'm just not strong enough. All right, I want you to take care of mom, okay? Promise me you'll take care of mom. And promise me -- (crying) that you're going to grow up to be an extraordinary man I know you can be. I love you and I'm sorry."


FROM THE FOX 9 ARCHIVE

May 2, 2013: Search for Mandy Matula continues; ex-boyfriend shoots self

May 6, 2013: Found bullet matches Roe's gun

May 7, 2013: Mandy Matula's blood found in Roe's SUV

May 11, 2013: Search for Mandy Matula draws overwhelming support

May 17, 2013: Search warrant points finger at Matula's boyfriend

May 31, 2013: Police want Facebook-organized Matula searches called off

July 14, 2013: Mandy Matula search focuses on St. Cloud

Sept. 16, 2013: Hunters asked to look out for Mandy Matula

Oct. 26, 2013: Body found in Stearns County is Mandy Matula

Oct. 28, 2013: Matula family travels to Mississippi River Park, builds memorial

Nov. 10, 2014: Mandy Matula remembered at funeral, laid to rest

April 10, 2014: UMD softball to honor Mandy Matula at home openers

May 1, 2014: Mandy Matula's memory lives on in brother's mission

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