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Eden Prairie Police Lt. Jim Morrow told them what the searchers had found.
Wayne Matula thanked the hundreds of people, including strangers, who have been helping to search for his daughter and who on Saturday found what could well be key evidence.
“Mandy was a beautiful person,” he said.
Wayne Matula also confirmed that searches were underway in the St. Cloud area, where Roe had attended St. Cloud State University and had been driving early Thursday, according to cellphone records.
A news release from Eden Prairie police late Saturday said areas around the Mississippi River in Stearns County were searched by the Stearns County Sheriff’s Department.
Earlier Saturday, Steven Matula said volunteer searchers were concentrating on the area of Eden Prairie High School, where both Mandy Matula and Roe graduated in 2007. “It’s the only area we haven’t searched,” he said.
Also on Saturday, searches continued for two other missing women, Kira Trevino of St. Paul and Danielle Jelinek of Oakdale. Neither turned up any new information.
Jelinek’s sister, Cory Jelinek, said Chisago County authorities dragged Green, Moody and Spider lakes on Saturday.
“I think we were all so hopeful that we were going to find something,” Cory Jelinek said. “It’s just been so sad,” she said reflecting on the other searches.
“I don’t know why all these young beautiful women who have their whole lives in front of them are having their lives taken,” she said. “Today there were three searches going on for three women missing in Minnesota, and that’s just not acceptable.”
Star Tribune staff writers Chao Xiong and Kelly Smith contributed to this report. Joy Powell • 651-925-5038