St. Paul, MN (NNCNOW.com) --- Police say remains recovered over the weekend in a shallow grave in Mississippi River Park in Stearns County are those of 24 year old Mandy Matula.
Eden Prairie Police say a hiker discovered the grave Saturday afternoon, where authorities found remains wrapped in a blanket, along with several personal effects, including an Eden Prairie High School class ring and a University of Minnesota Duluth Fastpitch Softball pullover embroidered with the number 14.
Following an autopsy, the Ramsey County Medical Examiner indicated the cause of death was likely a single gunshot wound to the head.
Matula has been missing since the evening of May 1 and was last seen with David Marshall Roe. Roe, the primary person of interest in the case, took his own life May 2, prior to police questioning.
Eden Prairie Police have been working with local, state and federal agencies over the past six months to investigate the circumstances of Matula’s disappearance.
Multiple searches were conducted by land, air and water in targeted areas surrounding Eden Prairie and northward along the Mississippi River toward Stearns County.
Matula played for the UMD Bulldogs softball team from 2007 to 2011.
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