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Continued: Mandy Matula's family believes body found near Sartell is hers

“It was the only place I thought she could have been. And she was,” Foster said. “It’s nice to know we’re done searching.”

Of three high-profile missing Twin Cities women cases this year, Matula had been missing the longest. Kira Steger, 30, of St. Paul, was missing for just over two months before her body was discovered in the Mississippi River, while the body of Danielle Jelinek, 28, of Oakdale, was found in May two days after Steger’s; she had been missing for five months.

Steger’s funeral was held Saturday in Wisconsin, where she grew up.

The Steger family had helped the Matulas search for Mandy after Steven Matula, within days of his sister’s disappearance, organized a Facebook page to search for Steger and other missing Minnesotans. He also turned out at searches to help other families.

Now, with Roe dead, many questions about what happened that night may still remain indefinitely.

“We’re praying for answers,” he said Saturday night.

Added their father: “This is a mixed blessing,” he said. “Finally we get some closure.”


Jim Anderson • 651-925-5039 Kelly Smith • 612-673-4141


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