Officials confirm Mandy Matula’s remains

Hailey Colwell

The remains of 24-year-old Mandy Matula of Eden Prairie, who disappeared in May, were found in Stearns County on Saturday, news sources reported.


Eden Prairie Police said a hiker discovered her remains at about 1 p.m. in a shallow grave in Mississippi River Park near Sartell, Minn., the Pioneer Press reported. 


The Ramsey County medical examiner confirmed the remains were Matula's on Sunday afternoon, the Pioneer Press reported. 


Matula died from a single bullet to her head, her father said, the Star Tribune reported.


Even though her body had deteriorated to bones, Matula's class ring and an embroidered University of Minnesota Duluth softball logo were visible, the Star Tribune reported. 


Matula disappeared May 1 after leaving the house with her ex-boyfriend, David Roe, the Star Tribune reported. 


Neighbors reported hearing gunshots at about 1 a.m., and Roe fatally shot himself in the head the next day while parked outside the Eden Prairie Police Department where police had called him to be questioned about Matula’s disappearance, the Star Tribune reported. 


"I knew Mandy was gone, but to know that she's found now and that we can bring her back home is a lot of relief," her brother said, the Pioneer Press reported. "It's a lot of weight taken off my shoulders," he said, the Pioneer Press reported.