Mandy Matula's Family Still Searching for Closure
As Minnesotans have followed developments in the cases of Anarae Schunk and Kira Steger, this week has delivered some closure for families of missing women. But one Eden Prairie family is still left searching.
Twenty-four-year-old Mandy Matula disappeared in May. She was last seen with her boyfriend, David Roe, who killed himself in a police station parking lot. For months, there have been no new leads in the case.
"Where is she? That's number one on our minds every day, just where is she," said Mandy's father, Wayne Matula, during an interview at Miller Park.
The week Mandy went missing, Miller Park was home-base for the search. Investigators believe she may have been at the park with Roe the night she disappeared.
For Wayne and Mandy's brother, Steve Matula, Miller Park is home to happy memories. Mandy was a star softball player and played on the fields there.
"This park strictly radiates Mandy, our whole life...this was our home, the bleachers," Wayne Matula said.
"When I come here, that's all I know is, this is where Mandy's always been. This is where her heart lies," Steve Matula said.
"Our lives together are here," Wayne Matula said.
Steve Matula has organized countless searches for his sister. He is now using those tools to help the families' of other missing women, like Anarae Schunk. Steve was with some of Schunk's family members when they learned a body had been found.
"I was sad and I was happy. I was sad that this had to happen to her, but I was happy that they had this closure. They don't have to go through that feeling that we've been feeling for the last 6 months because no one should have to go through that," Steve Matula said.
This summer didn't bring Mandy back, and it didn't make her disappearance any easier on the Matula's hearts.
"The pain, the pain of not knowing. The pain of losing her number one, thankful for the beautiful child that was given to us, but still the pain and agony of losing that child is forever in our souls," Wayne Matula said.
"Every day when we wake up it's another day closer. Even though she may not be found that day, it's another day closer to bringing her home," Steve Matula said.
For now, there are no organized searches planned for Mandy, though Steve Matula is planning to organize a few searches before winter hits. They have been concentrating on an area of the Mississippi River County Park in Rice, Minnesota.
Eden Prairie Police say there are no new updates on the case.
On Monday, Oct. 7, Cornerstone Advocacy Service will be recognizing October as Domestic Violence Awareness Month by hosting a vigil. The vigil will take place at Purgatory Creek Park Pavilion in Eden Prairie from 6:30 to 8 p.m.
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