Mandy Matula's brother says David Roe left farewell video, recently bought a gun
Roe (left) is dead, and Matula (right) is still missing.
Early today, Steven Matula -- brother of Mandy Matula, the 24-year-old Eden Prairie resident who vanished last Thursday morning after being picked up from her parents' house by her on-the-rocks boyfriend, David Roe -- took to Facebook to give a detailed update about the investigation into his sister's disappearance.
His update contained a couple of interesting nuggets. Matula said Roe, who died hours after shooting himself in the head outside Eden Prairie police headquarters on Friday afternoon, left a farewell video on his phone saying goodbye to his family. Roe also bought a gun in the days before Mandy's disappearance and his suicide, according to Matula.
Here's the full (unedited) update from Steven Matula, which was originally posted on the "Finding Mandy Matula" Facebook page:
*********************QUESTION ANSWERING********************* ************ I am answering these to the best of my knowledge********
--Mandy and Daves CELL PHONE/LAPTOP- Mandys CELLPHONE was left home and was not touched untill police took it in for investigation. Mandy's Cellphone leads us to know where. DAVES cell phone on the other hand had little texts from from when Mandy and Dave got into his vehicle. Daves phone has a video of him saying fairwell to his family. Dave *I believe* has a Galaxy s3. Daves laptop has no good source of information on what happened to mandy.
-- Dirt on vehicle- Daves 2013 Ford Escape did have dirt on it and with the dirt that everyone saw on his vehicle did contain clay. We have found a place in Sartell area that contained clay and we did grab samples of that dirt so the police can investigate on it. The police have investigated areas on where dave use to fish that did contain dirt. I do not know of the areas at the moment, but they have looked at all dirt roads possible. Proble some roads missed.
--Under carriage of vehicle- There are no major or noticeable scratch's on the under body. Just normal drive wear and scratch's.
--Social Media/Facebook- The police are still trying to get search warrants for Facebook. For the police need to follow strict guide lines and other procedures.
--Secret Paths- There are a ton more "secret" paths to look at. The police have been around the clock looking, searching, collecting, and figuring out new leads or hints. So if there are any "secret" paths that you don't believe has searched, You have all the liberty in the world to go check it out and if you know for a FACT that there is nothing there, please let us know.
--Frisbess disc and staring lake- I sent out a crew to look around the lake, but I do not know if anyone has thoroughly searched that area. If someone would like to set up their own group of 15-30 people and head it out there to run it down, please do so and let us know if you know for a FACT it is all clear. Please no assuming.
--Premeditated- I, Steve, am looking at this case as a Premeditated murder. The police are looking at it from all directions. But I personally do believe this was set up, since he did buy a gun a week ago. I have asked for the police to look into daves cell phone to see what cell phone towers pinged up a week to 2 weeks before mandy's dissapearance. I am awaiting for a response within this following week. We have to wait for sprint to release that information.
--Residence-- The police have talked to Dave's parents about their current location and old location. They did search his new and old residence. There was no clues at both locations. So no need to look into his house's for guns or ammunition. Although the police are still gonna be searching them in case they over look something, which is possible.
--Maple Grove- The police are investigating into that, I do not know at what pace their search is for it, but they are considering it has another clue or hint into mandy's case. I will talk to them tomorrow 5-6-13 about MG and lake anderson.
To read the rest of Steven's post, click to page two.
-Ping levels- Dave's phone had high amounts of pings in the high school area, which we heavily checked on Friday. There was no hint or evidence. They have continued to keep looking in that area for he did spend a quite a bit of time in that area. As of the pings in St.Cloud and Sartell area. I believe there was about 2-3 pings. One was located between 94 and 10. and in sartell/rice area. We did do a very thorough search of sartell (which i will post later) about what we covered and what we found. For the 94 and 10 roads, I did have a team, including myself look down high way 10 tonight- no clues or evidency. I did have someone look at the closed rest area on the way up to cloud coming from 94. All rest areas were clear as well as other pits along the way. For pings back in Eden Prairie I do not know of anywhere else there is an spuratic locations except from the my house to the NW part of Eden prairie to St. Cloud to Victoria. We have searched all the high quanity of pings locations. and we will check the other ping locations as the week goes.
-Note in car- It was just a short message saying check the phone. Which was of Dave saying his good-bye.
-Inside of Vehicle- There is no evidence of Mandy struggling, interior scratchs or and restraints . The only thing they have is him shooting himself and is blood and his own body in their. Mandy was in the vehicle but not evidence of struggle.
-Area's to search- I have made a DOC. under "files" on Finding Mandy Matulas page. Please add to the list if it has not been done so. And please make sure you know for a FACT it is checked and covered. I can not answer every question on areas to search, but your best resource to look is on the file/doc.
-Clothing- I have been told that the video image from bp was not very clear but very blurry in a sense. They do know he was wearing dark clothes, but do now know if it was muddy or not. I do not know the answer to if he changed or not. But i am assuming so, since he did go home before my mom made contact with him at 7:30 that thursday morning.
-494-94-10- We have checked those roads, but if people are going up there, it does not hurt to take a drive through any of the side roads to take a peak. But i did and so did other people as well look at rest areas and other misc. things along the way.
-Mandy injured or shot- We do not have an exact answer. We are still looking into his gun/ ammunition case for what ammo is missing and what has been retrieved. We do believe that mandy and dave did not get into a physical fight for there were so bruise's or scratch marks on dave. Since we all know mandy would give dave hell if he laid a pinky on her.
-DNA- Mandy was in vehicle but no blood. Dave is the only person with blood in vehicle.
-Study of Law enforcement- Dave did go to College in the St. Cloud area and did study law enforcement. He wanted to be a DNR cop but did not get into much schooling for that. All Dave learned was the basics of Law Enforcement.
-Mandy's phone- Mandy left in her room just because to her, it was just another typical fight. She did not expect any of the events to happen.
-History of Violence- Dave did have a restraining order apparently back in high school, but Dave never ever ever showed a sign of violence towards Mandy. Whether he was sober or Drunk.
-EPPD talking or speaking out- The EPPD will be holding a press conference about Mandy's case i believe on Monday. They are not letting out information that they aren't sure about. They are only letting us know the facts.
-Miller Park 1:30 am- Dave told my mom that he was there at that time. NO ONE saw them there. It was the only thing dave told us and that is how we got that information. He may or may have not been there. but the EPPD and Fire Departments from all around checked the hell out of it, just in case he was telling the truth.
-Daves gun- Dave purchased the gun last week. The EPPD have been looking at that extensively. Back ground checks, ammo, everything. They have only recovered 2 bullets from daves gun, the jammed one and the one that took dave.
-Clean his car?- We believe he did not wash his vehicle for is was dirty and there were some dirt as we all saw, on the side of his vehicle. The dirt or mud inside. I do not know about that, but i believe it was clean.
I am sorry if I missed any more questions, but I really hope this helps answer everyones questions. If I did miss some, I will try to get back to it, but if not please ask around to see. My phone does get EVERY notification that goes on mandys page and my page. I get likes, comments, response's. Everything. So please if you checked an area, please put it in the doc that says areas checked or covered.
After three days of searches spanning from Eden Prairie all the way to the St. Cloud area, Mandy still hasn't been found. Eden Prairie police ask anyone with information about her whereabouts to call them at 952-949-6200.
-- Follow Aaron Rupar on Twitter at @atrupar. Got a tip? Drop him a line at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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