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Awaiting new details
St. Paul police divers searched the lake on Tuesday after cadaver dogs indicated the scent of a body in the water, but nothing was found, according to an amended criminal complaint filed Friday against Jeffery Trevino in Ramsey County District Court.
On Saturday, police spokesman Howie Padilla said no weekend law enforcement searches were planned, but “as our resources become available and our partners’ resources become available and new information warrants it, we’ll continue our investigation,” he said.
Kira Trevino was last seen Feb. 21 leaving the Mall of America with her husband. Three days later, Jeffery Trevino called police to report she had been missing, as did her mother, who told police that the couple had marriage problems and she feared for Kira’s safety.
On Jay Steger’s birthday, Feb. 24, he got the call that his daughter was missing. He drove from his Marshfield, Wis., home hoping to find Kira just hiding out at a friend’s house.
But when law enforcement found her car in the Mall of America parking ramp with a bloody trunk liner discarded nearby, “that’s when I knew something was seriously ... wrong.”
“Copious” amounts of blood were later found in the couple’s home. Jeffery Trevino, 39, remains in the Ramsey County jail, charged with two counts of second-degree murder.
Much of this weekend’s search was focused along the southwest side of Keller Lake.
That’s where a witness told police that, in the early morning hours of Feb. 22, she was driving on Hwy. 61 and saw two men on the frozen lake, struggling to carry something that appeared to be the size of a person but wrapped in something.
On Sunday, searchers will be out again at 10 a.m. on Keller Lake and 2 p.m. on Round Lake nearby.
The weekend’s fifth search will take place at 2 p.m. Sunday at Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge in Bloomington.
Jay Steger vows he’ll be there and wherever else until he finds his daughter, his grief magnified by the urgency he feels to find her body both for closure and justice.
“I feel we’re getting closer,” he said. “And I’d like to get closer yet. We need to get her home.”
Staff writers Nicole Norfleet and Brandon Stahl contributed to this report. Kelly Smith • 612-673-4141