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Authorities are still searching for Mandy Marie Matula, 24, who was reported missing by her family on Thursday. Her ex-boyfriend, a person of interest, shot himself in the head while waiting to speak with police about the case.
Matula dated David Marshall Roe for several years and had planned to break off the relationship, her father told the Star Tribune. They were last seen together on Thursday morning at Miller Park in Eden Prairie, Minnesota. When Matula did not show up for work on time, her parents reported her missing to police; they last saw her late Wednesday evening.
Roe was a "person of interest" due to his relationship with Matula. Police wanted to speak with him to see what he knew about Matula's disappearance, but as he waited in the police parking lot, Roe pulled out a gun, then shot himself in the head. He had placed a piece of paper in his window before shooting himself, but police refuse to release any information about what was on the paper.
Police immediately called for an ambulance, and Roe's condition is still unknown at this time. They were forced to shut down the police station after the shooting in order to process the scene and collect any evidence.
Matula is described as a stellar athlete during her high school years and graduated from Eden Prairie High School in 2007. Since then, she worked as a seasonal city maintenance worked in Eden Prairie.
Police began searching the Miller Park in Eden Prairie, and the Hennepin County Water Patrol began looking for her near Mitchell Lake but changed to Round Lake in Eden Prairie. So far, no clues have been found as to where Matula may be.
Friends and family are praying for her safe return.
"Prayers go out to the Matula family! Mandy is such a great girl! She was my role model when I was younger!!" Ashley Astor tweeted.
"UMD Athletics is a family. We are all praying for your safe return, Mandy," added Kelly Grgas Wheeler. "Praying for the Matula family tonight."
Authorities are asking anyone with information to contact the Eden Prairie police at 952-949-6200.