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MANDY MATULA SEARCH: Found bullet matches ex-boyfriend's gun

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EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. (KMSP) -

Five days have passed without any sign of Mandy Matula, but police are confirming that an unspent round of ammunition matches the gun her ex-boyfriend used to commit suicide before speaking to police.

Despite several days of searches, no hard evidence of what may have happened to 24-year-old Matula has emerged. Her ex-boyfriend, described as a person of interest in her disappearance by police, fatally shot himself at the Eden Prairie City Center before investigators could question him.

Eden Prairie police did confirm on Monday that an unspent round of ammunition found near Victory Lutheran Church over the weekend does appear to match the gun 24-year-old David Roe used to commit suicide. The bullet was found in Matula's neighborhood, which is where she was last seen on Wednesday night.

According to police, Roe legally purchased the gun less than two weeks ago in Carver County.

Some residents in Matula's neighborhood told police they heard what sounded like gun shots last Wednesday night, but it's not clear how many shots were allegedly fired or where.

Police also confirmed that Roe left a short goodbye video on his cell phone for his family before he took his own life, but police said it did not contain any mention of Matula.

Yet, investigators also conceded that they have no hard leads on where to look for Matula. Roe's cell phone records indicate he was all over Eden Prairie, traveled to Carver County and then went as far west as the Rice and Sartell areas in Stearns County that night.

"What we've been doing is looking for evidence -- anything, I guess, that would suggest we need to do a more detailed search in any of these areas," said Eden Prairie Police Chief Rob Reynolds.

Matula's brother, Steve, took the lead on organizing a large search party to comb a wildlife area near Grass Lake on Monday, which is just across the street from Flying Cloud Airport.

"I am not stopping until I find her," Steve Matula vowed. "If it takes a month or four years, I am going to find her."

Two dozen volunteers turned up to join him in the search, and although no additional evidence was found, Steve Matula said the response and help from others helps.

"So many people moved by this," he said. "Prayers and thoughts mean a lot to me and my family. I appreciate everyone."

HISTORY

Friends told FOX 9 News Matula and Roe had been in a long-term relationship that recently ended.

Roe previously had a restraining order taken out against him in a stalking case involving an ex-girlfriend several years ago, according to investigators.

Both Matula and Roe graduated from Eden Prairie High School. He studied at the University of St. Thomas for a while and Matula graduated from University of Minnesota-Duluth.

TIMELINE OF WHAT HAPPENED

Wednesday, May 1, 11:30 p.m.

Mandy Matula and David Roe were last seen leaving Matula's parents' home in Eden Prairie.

Thursday, May 2, 1:30 a.m.

When Matula's family contacted Roe the following morning, he told them by phone he dropped Matula off at Miller Park at 1:30 a.m. Police confirm no one has reported seeing him or Matula there.

Thursday May 2, 4 a.m.

Investigators say Roe purchased gas at a station in Maple Grove.

Thursday, May 2, 8:30 a.m.

Matula's parents reported her missing when she didn't show up for work at the Eden Prairie Public Works Department. During the course of the missing person investigation, police identified Roe as a person of interest and he agreed to speak with an investigator.

Thursday, May 2, 1:30 p.m.

Roe had come to the police station to cooperate with investigators but instead pulled out a handgun and shot himself in the parking lot before they could question him.

Friday, May 3

Steven Matula takes lead of organizing volunteer searches of multiple area parks.

Saturday, May 4

Unspent bullet located at church near the Matula family home.


SEARCH FOR MANDY

Over the weekend, a group of dedicated volunteers also participated in the search for Matula, scanning numerous parks from Eden Prairie to north of St. Cloud.

Police detectives scoured parts of Stearns and Carver counties on Sunday, but no details appeared to emerge from those searches; however, Eden Prairie police confirmed searchers discovered an unfired piece of ammunition near County Road 4 and Scenic Heights Road Saturday morning.

Late Sunday night, Lisa Matula took to Facebook to thank everyone for their time and effort.

"Want to thank everyone that is helping find my daughter," she wrote. "I cannot believe how many people she has touched and people that do not even know her to give up your time to help find her. God bless all of you."

HOW YOU CAN HELP

Police are asking anyone who may have seen Matula to call them at 952-949-6200.

Volunteers have been organizing searches and sharing information on their finds on Facebook. Over 5,500 people have joined the effort.

Finding Mandy Matula on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/134220513438075/

A donation fund has also been set up for the Matula family at Wells Fargo. Checks can be made out to the Mandy Matula Fund at any branch, and donations can also be made online through PayPal.

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