Mandy Matula intended to break up with David Roe before she disappeared and he shot himself
Roe (left) shot himself in the head hours after his girlfriend, Matula (right), was reported missing.
Mandy Matula, a 24-year-old Eden Prairie resident, was last seen early Thursday morning with her boyfriend, David Roe. But Matula's family members say the relationship was on its last legs -- she was planning to break up with him.
Around 8 a.m. yesterday, Matula didn't show up for work, and she was reported missing. Hours later, Roe shot himself in the head outside Eden Prairie police headquarters. Matula remains missing as this is published.
Both Matula and Roe were accomplished high school athletes who graduated in 2007 from Eden Prairie High School, the Star Tribune reports. Matula was last seen by her family around 11 p.m. Wednesday, and the two were spotted a couple of hours later at Miller Park in Eden Prairie. They drove there in Roe's 2013 black Ford Escape with Minnesota license 802-KNA.
When Matula didn't show up for her seasonal job as a city maintenance worker in Eden Prairie, Roe was quickly identified as a "person of interest" in her disappearance. Authorities asked him to come to police headquarters to talk with them and actually followed him during his early-afternoon trip to the station. Once there, officers realized he had a handgun and put headquarters on lockdown. He put a piece of paper against his SUV window -- it isn't clear what, if anything, was written on it -- then put the gun under his chin and pulled the trigger while he was still inside the vehicle. He survived and was transported to Hennepin County Medical Center, and his condition is unknown.
KSTP spoke with Matula's father, who confirmed his daughter and Roe dated. Matula's father said she wanted to break up with Roe but he didn't want the relationship to end.
Matula is the third metro area woman to disappear in the past six months with a boyfriend or husband emerging as a prime suspect. The first was Danielle Jelinek, who was last seen with her on-again, off-again boyfriend, Aaron Schnagl, in December. The second was St. Paul resident Kira Trevino, whose husband has been charged with murder in connection with her February disappearance.
Eden Prairie police ask anyone with information about the whereabouts of Mandy Matula to call them at 952-949-6200.
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