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Kira Trevino's body pulled from Mississippi River in St. Paul

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ST. PAUL, Minn. (KMSP) -

On Thursday, St. Paul police confirmed that a body pulled from the Mississippi River on Wednesday is 30-year-old Kira Trevino, who has been missing since late February.

"The search for Kira Trevino is over," said Senior Cmdr. Brian Coyle.

Members of the St. Paul Fire Department recovered the body near State Street and East Fillmore Avenue at about 2:30 p.m. on Wednesday inside the Mississippi National River and Recreation Area.

The Ramsey County Attorney's Office, released a statement after police made the announcement, thanking those who searched for Kira Trevino in recent months.

"We are grateful that the body of Kira Steger has been recovered for the sake of her family and all those that loved her," Ramsey County Attorney Jonathan Choi said. "The grief, pain and sorrow that this has caused Kira's family has weighed heavily on my mind."

St. Paul police have been searching for Kira Trevino since she was reported missing on Feb. 24 after she did not show up for work at the Mall of America. Her husband, 39-year-old Jeffery Trevino, was charged with murder in her disappearance after investigators found large quantities of blood in the couple's home and evidence of a clean-up.

Jeffery Trevino remains jailed in Ramsey County. A judge entered a not guilty plea to two counts of second-degree murder on Jeffery Trevino's behalf at the end of March. His trial is scheduled to begin on May 28.


Volunteer searchers from across the metro and even neighboring states spent weeks scouring lakes and parks near the couple's home. Efforts were particularly focused on Keller Lake in Maplewood after a bag containing bloody evidence connected to the case was found.

In late April, police began to follow leads to the Mississippi River. Water patrols from both Ramsey and Dakota Counties conducted searches near the Wakota Bridge area.

Volunteers, which included friends, family members and total strangers, gathered for several organized searches -- often in conjunction with the families of other missing women in the metro area. Steven Matula, whose 24-year-old sister Mandy went missing on May 1, helped coordinate a search effort for his sister, Kira Trevino and Danielle Jelinek on Facebook to help bring closure to the families.

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Although the trial is set to go forward at the end of the month, investigators are still seeking information. After the recovery of Kira Trevino's body, investigators said it is "not a day to celebrate" although the search is over.

On Tuesday, St. Paul police filed search warrants with both Verizon and Wells Fargo in an attempt to obtain detailed information on the Trevinos.

Kira Trevino's mother told investigators Jeffery Trevino was very controlling and was trying to monitor his wife's activities by accessing her bank and personal accounts.

Police also sought access to the Trevinos' Facebook accounts.

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