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On Feb. 22, the day she failed to show up for work, a witness reported seeing what appeared to be two men carrying an item the size of a person wrapped up in something across the lake.
“I believe she’s in this lake, and I’m not going to rest until I know she’s not,” Teige said.
He drilled hole after hole 3 feet apart, methodically dipping into each an underwater ice-fishing camera duct-taped to the end of a long pole. LaMere moved the camera around at Teige’s instruction as he sat hunched over a screen, peering for evidence among vegetation and debris in the water.
“It’s pretty much consuming him and his every thought,” LaMere said. “It’s all he’s focused on.”
Volunteers started arriving close to noon. Soon, two others were drilling new holes and dropping in their own cameras. One sat on an upturned plastic pail, his jacket draped over his head for better viewing.
Steve Litfin and three friends from Waconia arrived with three augers and cameras, quickly making Swiss cheese of a large section of the lake. Litfin held his camera’s screen to his face, pulling his gray hoodie over the device to stabilize it. “I just can’t believe what they’re going through,” Litfin said of Kira Trevino’s family.
Brothers Steve and Tim Collins brought a generator donated by Hejny Rental. “Any way we could help out, we wanted to do it,” Steve Collins said.
Teige planned to search from north to south and west to east in a zigzag pattern across the lake.
Two weekends ago, he discovered a hole in the lake, where cadaver dogs later indicated a scent. Divers swam into the depths there last week, searching an 85-foot radius.
On Wednesday, five cadaver dogs sniffed at more than 50 holes that sheriff’s deputies had drilled.
The same weekend Teige found the hole, another searcher found a plastic bag onshore. Inside were a sports bra, pillow and pillowcase. Blood on the pillow matched Kira Trevino’s DNA, according to an amended complaint.
By late afternoon, dozens of volunteers had drilled a few hundred holes reaching the middle of the lake. Five cameras were deployed.
“We’re getting somewhere,” Teige said. “We’re going, we’re going all the way across.”
He and other volunteers will be back Saturday.
“By God, we’re going to tear this lake apart,” he said.
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