Searches for missing Eden Prairie woman held in Victoria, Waconia

By Natalie Conrad

Community support continues to gather in the search for missing Eden Prairie resident Mandy Matula.

Her younger brother Steven organized two searches Saturday, May 11 in Victoria and Waconia with help from Kira Trevino’s family and friends.

Steven led the search in Victoria starting at 10 a.m. at Victoria Elementary School, 9300 Red Fox Drive. The search continued throughout the day.

Trevino’s family and friends led a search starting at 11 a.m. at Bayview Elementary School, 109 North Walnut St. in Waconia. Trevino’s body was found in the Mississippi River near Saint Paul on Wednesday following her disappearance on Feb. 21.

Mandy Matula, a 24 year-old Eden Prairie resident, has been missing since May 2. Eden Prairie Police and community groups have searched nearly every spot in the city and have yet to find Matula. (Submitted photo)

Mandy Matula, a 24 year-old Eden Prairie resident, has been missing since May 1. Eden Prairie Police and community groups have searched nearly every spot in the city and have yet to find Matula. (Submitted photo)

Steven and his group also put signs up near boat launches to coincide with the fishing opener this weekend. The group of dedicated friends and family show no signs of giving up on the search for Mandy anytime soon.

“All I want to do is find my sister and find Danielle,” Steven said. “That’s the only thing I care about right now and I will find them one way or another. I promise that.”

Steven said they are determined to continue to reach out and work with other families struggling with a missing family member, not only the Trevino family, but also help in the efforts to find Danielle Jelinek, who was reported missing on Dec. 9, 2012 from a home in Chisago Lake Township.

Searchers are asked to wear bright colors, boots and jeans. The public is encouraged to help at any time throughout the day by linking up with the group.

Eden Prairie Police continue to actively investigate the whereabouts of the 24 year-old, who has been missing since the evening of May 1.

Over the weekend, police will continue to work closely with the Stearns County Sheriff’s Department to search targeted areas of the Mississippi River with assistance from St. Louis County law enforcement teams, according to a recent press release.

In addition, the Eden Prairie Police Department will continue to conduct targeted searches of specific areas as warranted by the investigation.

To aid those participating in community searches over the weekend, Eden Prairie Police are releasing descriptions of two articles of clothing Matula could possibly have been wearing on the night she disappeared:
• Black Nike Air tennis shoes, women’s size 8.5–9, with hot pink lining and a white swoosh on the side.
• A sweatshirt with a University of Minnesota Duluth (UMD) logo on it.

Areas of interest in Carver, Wright, Stearns, Sherburne and Benton counties have been established and outlined in maps of targeted search areas where Matula could be located.

To view the search area maps, visit edenprairie.org/searchmap.

Those who live within the targeted search areas, along with all residents of Eden Prairie, are asked to search their own property and neighborhoods, including nearby wooded and open areas.

Police continue to ask anyone with information on Matula’s whereabouts to call the Eden Prairie Police Department at 952-949-6200.

Contact Natalie Conrad at natalie.conrad@ecm-inc.com. Follow @EPSunCurrent for updates on the investigation.

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