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'Person of interest' in Minnesota woman's disappearance dies after self-inflicted gun shot

Eden Prairie Police

Mandy Marie Matula ha s been missing since Thursday, April 2. The main suspect in the case has killed himself.

Eden Prairie Police

David Marshall Roe, was a person of interest in the disappearance of Mandy Marie Matula. He fatally shot himself in a police parking lot.

A man who police hoped to question in the disappearance of a 24-year-old Minnesota woman died Saturday night — two days after shooting himself in a parking lot outside the Eden Prairie police station.

 David Marshall Roe, 24, was considered a person of interest in the disappearance of Mandy Matula, local police said in a statement. Roe was confirmed dead Saturday night by the Hennepin County medical examiner.

Police in Eden Prairie, a city located about 20 miles southwest of Minneapolis, said Roe and Matula were together at Miller Park around 1:30 a.m. Thursday morning and were traveling in a black Ford Escape when they were last seen. Matula was reported missing Thursday morning at 8:30 a.m.

As police investigated Matula's disappearance Thursday they identified Roe as a person of interest and asked him to visit the police station for questioning. When he arrived, Roe shot himself in his vehicle, police said.

Wayne Matula told KARE his daughter Mandy was still friends with ex-boyfriend Roe after they had broken up last fall.

Meanwhile, the search for Matula is ongoing and has focused on an area around Eden Prairie Road, near Miller Park, where searchers found what police called "an unfired piece of ammunition" Saturday. Wayne Matula told KARE that neighbors in the area heard gunshots Wednesday night.

Police have not confirmed if the bullet has any connection to Matula's disappearance.

Wayne Matula said Roe came to their home Wednesday night to speak with his daughter. She sat in his parked car outside the family's house, leaving her purse, cell phone and keys inside. A short time later when Wayne Matula looked out to check on the two and the car was gone.

The next morning the family contacted Roe to check where she was, and Roe told them they had argued and she got out of the car at Miller Park, her father told KARE.

About 300 volunteers searchers have been looking for Matula since Thursday.

"We're not going to give up hope, we're not going to stop," Natalia Becker, a friend of Matula's, told KARE.