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NEW INFORMATION: Suspected murder victim told mom of marital strife

By: Kevin Hurd and WEAU 13 News Staff Email
By: Kevin Hurd and WEAU 13 News Staff Email

WESTON, Wis. (AP) -- A prayer vigil is planned in Wisconsin for a missing woman whose husband is accused of killing her in Minnesota.

   Kira Trevino is a Wausau area native and a 2001 graduate of Everest Senior High School. Her family lives in the Wausau area.

   Trevino didn't show up for work at the Mall of America on Saturday, and her car was found in the mall parking lot that day.

   Prosecutors on Thursday charged Jeffery Dale Trevino with murdering his missing wife, after investigators found blood traces throughout the couple's St. Paul home. Authorities have not found Kira Trevino's body, but they believe she's dead.

   The Wausau Daily Herald reports a vigil for Kira Trevino's safe return will be held at 5 p.m. Friday at Bethany Baptist Church in Weston.

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) -- A search warrant affidavit says a St. Paul woman who police believe was killed by her husband told her mother she was thinking about leaving her spouse.

Affidavits filed in the second-degree murder case against Jeffery Trevino says his mother-in-law, Marcie Steger, told police her daughter's husband was "very controlling" and was trying to monitor her activities by attempting to access her bank and personal accounts.

Ramsey County prosecutors have charged Trevino in the death of Kira Trevino even though her body has not been found. The affidavits also say police confiscated a black hooded sweatshirt and white tennis shoes from the couple's home. Police say a person driving the victim's car just before she was reported missing was wearing similar clothing.

The St. Paul Pioneer Press says Trevino remains in jail on $1 million bail.
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STORY FROM 3/1/13
ST. PAUL, Minn. (WEAU) - Police have expanded the search for former UW-Eau Claire student Kira Trevino to a 100-mile radius. That includes the city of Eau Claire.

Officers are urging anyone who knows anything about the case to call a new tipline. They've dedicated it solely to this case. The number is (651) 560-3277.

On Friday afternoon, officers released a picture of Trevino's white car for the first time. They deferred comment on whatever Jeffery Trevino was driving, saying it's part of their investigation. Police say the Trevinos' roommate is cooperating with investigators. They're hoping to talk to anyone who saw Kira or Jeffery, or knows where they were between Thursday night and Friday morning.

"We know somebody out there has seen her, might have seen something, something suspicious, something that may be very minute, but we really need those answers to the questions that we have," said Sgt. Paul Paulos from the St. Paul, MN Police Department.

Jeffery Trevino faces two charges of Murder in the Second Degree in Ramsey County, Minnesota. Investigators say they found evidence of a crime in the couple's home and in Kira Trevino's car. Her body hasn't been found, and police do not believe she's still alive.

Investigators are hoping tipsters leave contact information with people answering calls on the tipline, but say they're also willing to take anonymous tips and texts.
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ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) -- St. Paul police have set up a tip line to help find a missing woman and to track her husband's movements.

Thirty-year-old Kira Trevino didn't stop in at her job at the Mall of America last Friday or work her scheduled Saturday shift. Her car was found in the back corner of a parking lot at the Bloomington mall.

Prosecutors Thursday charged her husband, 39-year-old Jeffery Dale Trevino, with second-degree murder in his wife's death -- even though her body has not been found. Investigators found blood in the couple's St. Paul home and believe Kira Trevino is dead.

The tip line is 651-560-3277.

Anyone with information about Jeffery Trevino's whereabouts between 9 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 21, and 9:45 a.m. Friday, Feb. 22, is asked to call.

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ST. PAUL, Minn. (WEAU) - The husband of a missing woman who once attended UW-Eau Claire now faces murder charges.

A judge set a bail amount for Jeffery Trevino at $1,000,000 in a Minnesota courtroom on Thursday on two charges of Murder in the Second Degree. Prosecutors say one charge will ultimately stick.

Trevino reported his wife Kira missing on Sunday. The Ramsey County Attorney in Minnesota says he believes Jeffery Trevino murdered his wife because of blood found in the couple's home, and in Kira's car. He also says it's because she's been missing for nearly a week, and hasn't contacted friends or family.

Prosecutors filed the criminal complaint Thursday morning. It says investigators found blood evidence in several rooms in the house after serving a search warrant Monday. The complaint says there were "copious amounts" in the master bedroom, the kitchen, and in a hallway outside the bedroom. They also determined that the home had been cleaned extensively, and furniture had been moved to hide evidence.

Investigators believe the blood spatter is likely from "more than one forceful blow to the victim." Kira Trevino's body hasn't been found.

“That certainly is a challenge for the prosecution, however it is possible to obtain a conviction,” Ramsey County Attorney John Choi said on Thursday. “We wouldn't be moving forward today unless we believed we could prove this case beyond a reasonable doubt.”

Prosecutors say the two charges are to cover their bases. They believe they can prove both that he did or didn't intend to kill his wife, but they're pursuing a conviction on the charge for intentionally killing her.

Investigators say Jeffery Trevino claims that he went on a date with his wife Thursday, and last saw her Friday morning. He went on to say that she had been staying with friends for days at a time, but that she lied about that. He is expected to enter a plea in court March 14.

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ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) -- A St. Paul man has been charged with two counts of second-degree murder in the disappearance of his wife, whose car was found abandoned at the Mall of America.

The complaint against 39-year-old Jeffrey Dale Trevino says his wife is still missing. But it says there's probable cause to conclude she's dead, based on the amount of blood police found in her home and car, and the fact that it's uncharacteristic of her to go missing for nearly a week without contacting anyone.

Thirty-year-old Kira Trevino failed to show up for work at the Mall of America last Friday. Her abandoned car was found Saturday in a mall parking ramp. Police say her cellphone and purse were inside. Investigators searched their home Monday and arrested Jeffrey Trevino on Tuesday.

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STORY FROM 2/27/13
ST. PAUL, Minn. (WEAU) - A charging decision in the case against the husband of a missing woman who used to attend UW-Eau Claire is expected Thursday morning.

Police were calling Kira Trevino, 30, a missing person at last report. Although there was enough evidence to arrest her husband, Jeffrey Trevino, for homicide, officers say his wife’s body hasn’t been found. Jeffrey Trevino remains in the Ramsey County Jail in Minnesota. He can be held there until 10 a.m. Thursday for the arrest, and the Office of the Ramsey County Attorney says there are no plans to extend that.

St. Paul police say they found enough evidence in the couple's home to arrest Jeffrey Trevino. What that evidence was remains unclear. Investigators also found evidence of a crime in the woman's car.
They found her car Saturday at the Mall of America.

Prosecutors are reviewing the case, now that the police department has turned it over to them. Earlier Thursday, the Saint Paul Police Department tweeted “SPPD continues to invest. the disappearance of Kira Trevino.Plse follow Twitter for updated info. No further infomation. avail.@this time.” Thursday afternoon, the department tweeted “SPPD investigators presented case in disappearance of Kira Trevino to prosecutors. Charging decision expected Thursday morning. #sppdmissing”
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ST. PAUL, Minn. (WEAU) - Police have arrested the husband of a missing 30-year-old Wisconsin native on suspicion of murder.

Jeffery Trevino, 37, husband of Kira Trevino, has been arrested after investigators say they found evidence at the couple's home in St. Paul that shows a crime had been committed.

Kira Trevino, 30, was last seen by family and friends Thursday night. Her car was found at a parking ramp at the Mall of America, where she works.

The St. Paul Police Department says it is not elaborating on what the evidence was.

Kira is a former UW-Eau Claire student.

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EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (WEAU) -- "I don't think she ever stopped smiling, she has a beautiful smile," said Sara Gibbs, a friend of Kira Trevino.

Gibbs says throughout her life she has seen several calls for help to find someone that is missing.

But late last week, what is a far-fetched thought for most of us, suddenly became a new reality for Sara.

"I got a sick feeling in the pit of my stomach that I don't wanna have anyone ever feel," she said.

This morning police say Kira's car was found in the West ramp at the Mall of America. The car was towed to the St. Paul Police Department to be looked at after a Bloomington Police officer says it warranted further investigation.

We tried calling the department Monday night for an update but did not hear back.

The news has been especially upsetting for Kira's family, who on Monday said they are baffled by her disappearance.

"She communicates very well with all of us with what she's doing or her plans, or shares it on Facebook," said Keri Steger, Kira Trevino. "We've had no activity at all from her since late Thursday evening."

A "Find Kira Trevino" Facebook page that already has gotten more than 2,600 likes is online now with pictures, posts, and comments. A communication center set up for anyone with information.

And when it is for somebody so close, Sara says any bit of information makes all the difference.

"It's hard because you always see that happen with other people and you never think it's gonna be someone you know or your family knows, but when it is, it is ten times harder," he said.

To see the "Find Kira Trevino" Facebook page, click here.


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