Husband arrested in case of missing St. Paul woman

  • Article by: CHAO XIONG , Star Tribune
  • Updated: February 27, 2013 - 12:49 AM

Police say there’s evidence of a crime in Kira and Jeffrey Trevino’s house.

 

With Kira Trevino still missing after five days, police arrested her husband Tuesday following a seven-hour search of the couple’s home.

“We located enough evidence that a crime had been committed in the house,” said Sgt. Paul Paulos, a police spokesman.

Jeffrey D. Trevino, 39, remained in the Ramsey County jail Tuesday night on suspicion of homicide. Authorities, meanwhile, continued to ask for help in finding his wife, who has been missing since failing to arrive for work Friday at the Mall of America. Police declined to say what exactly pointed suspicion at Jeffrey Trevino.

In their quiet Payne-Phalen neighborhood, Jeffrey and Kira Trevino were known as a young couple who said their polite “Hellos” but kept to themselves other than hosting summertime bonfires.

“I thought they were just a nice, friendly couple,” said their neighbor, Leo Moua. “They don’t bother nobody.”

But Kira Trevino, 30, didn’t show up for work Friday at the Bloomington mall, where she was a manager in a store called Delia’s. Her car was found abandoned in the mall’s parking lot Saturday, her purse and cellphone inside. About 6 p.m. Monday, a barrage of investigators from the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension pulled up to the couple’s home in the 500 block of E. Iowa Avenue. Their search lasted until 1 a.m. Tuesday.

Several hours later, Jeffrey Trevino was in the Ramsey County jail. Police stopped short of saying whether they believe Kira is likely dead, instead saying that the case remains a “missing persons” case.

Trevino declined a request to be interviewed.

“I was scared, I was confused, I was baffled,” Moua said of Kira’s disappearance and the husband’s arrest. “It’s troubling.”

Others who know the couple also were confused by the disappearance and arrest.

“It just doesn’t add up,” said Matt Selle, who said the couple are godparents to his 3-year-old son.

Selle said he grew up next door to Trevino in Spring Park. “I’ve known him for about 10 years. He’s always been there for me. He was like a father to me, pretty much.”

When word broke that Kira Trevino was missing, Selle was scared for her. “I didn’t think something like this could happen to anyone I know,” he said. And when Jeffrey Trevino was arrested, Selle was shocked.

“I keep thinking there’s been a mistake,” Selle said. “I’ve known them forever. They always seemed very happy. Inseparable.”

They loved to run together and they loved to eat out, Selle said. “He worked construction in Wisconsin and was always happy to come home to his wife. There was a lot of love there. This doesn’t make sense.”

The couple moved into their home about a year and a half ago, Moua said, and had no children. Police said they had a roommate, who was cooperating in the investigation.

Records show that the only police calls to the home were on Friday for the missing persons report and Sunday for a welfare check. There are no filings in civil court that would indicate marital strife, and Jeffrey Trevino’s record only includes minor traffic violations.

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