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MANDY MATULA: Sunday search focuses on St. Cloud

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ST. CLOUD, Minn. (KMSP) -

About 40 volunteer searchers headed to St. Cloud on Sunday to continue looking for Mandy Matula, the 24-year-old Eden Prairie woman who has been missing since May 1.

A boat search party was scheduled to launch at 10 a.m. at a park near the Mississippi River. Kayaks began to encircle the area at 8 a.m. near the Beaver Island Trail boat access by St. Cloud State University.

Kayak searchers focused on areas of the shoreline and inlets while larger boats searched greater areas of the river and large islands.

Steve Matula told FOX 9 News he thinks about his sister each and every day, and that's why they planned to travel 30 miles -- from Rice, Minn., down to Clearwater, Minn. -- to try and find her.

"Every day, it's, 'Where is she? Where could she be?'" he explained. "I'm hoping for answers. I'll just go outside in the middle of the night [and ask], 'Where are you?'"

After dozens of searches, the answers are still elusive -- but that isn't stopping the volunteers who continue to turn out in the hopes that they will be able to find Mandy.

"I don't go a day without thinking about her even though I didn't know her," volunteer Petra Eastling told FOX 9 News. "I met all these people and it was like family. We clicked instantly and I just wanted to be there for them and the family. I'm now close too."

Although no stone went unturned, the search did not yield any new finds. Steve Matula said he is in awe of al those who have donated their time and effort to search for his sister. Although Sunday's search was the last planned until fall, Steve Matula said he will never give up hope.

Eden Prairie police and law enforcement in Stearns County continue to conduct searches by land, air and water in targeted areas surrounding Eden Prairie and northward along the Mississippi River toward Stearns County.

Anyone with information on Mandy Matula's whereabouts is asked to call the Eden Prairie Police Department at 952-949-6200.

Matula, 24, has been missing for a total of 75 days. Her estranged boyfriend, 24-year-old David Roe, fatally shot himself in the parking lot of the Eden Prairie City Center after agreeing to speak with police.

HOW YOU CAN HELP

Finding Mandy Matula on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/134220513438075/

A donation fund has also been set up for the Matula family at Wells Fargo. Checks can be made out to the Mandy Matula Fund at any branch, and donations can also be made online through PayPal.

DONATE: https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_s-xclick&hosted_button_id=XWUAHAV635GFN

Matula's family also hopes volunteer searchers will continue to keep the family of another missing Minnesota woman in their minds as well as they search.

Minnesota United on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/#!/pages/Minnesota-United/108376802700423?directed_target_id=0

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