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Continued: St. Paul man charged with 2nd-degree murder in wife's disappearance

  • Article by: JOY POWELL and CHAO XIONG , Star Tribune staff writers
  • Last update: March 1, 2013 - 3:02 PM

He claimed she’d been leaving for two or three days at a time and lying about where she stayed.

But later that day, Kira Trevino’s mother called police, reporting her concern for the safety of her daughter, who recently had spoken of marital problems and of Jeffery Trevino “checking into her bank accounts,” the complaint says.

Investigators spoke with Jeffery Trevino, and according to court documents, he told them:

On Wednesday, the two talked, agreed to try to work on their relationship and planned a “date night” for Thursday. On Thursday, she worked until 6 p.m., and he met her at the mall, where they dined and bowled. He walked her to her 2006 white Chevrolet Cobalt at 9:20 p.m., then got into his vehicle, picking up a video on the way home.

They watched it at the house and got ready for bed, but she said she needed gas in the morning. He drove her car to get gas, returned home, and went to bed.

He said on Friday, she left at 8:30 a.m. in her car. She told him she would be working out at her gym in New Brighton, tanning at a Roseville salon, running errands and going to work to make a bank deposit and interview new employees.

Early Friday, a debit card transaction was posted on her account from a gas station near her home, at Larpenteur Avenue and entrances to I-35E. Surveillance video shows the white Cobalt pulling in and a man in a gray hoodie and gray pants pumping gas.

The images are not clear enough to identify him. The car headed west toward the entrances to I-35E instead of east on Larpenteur Avenue, which is the most direct route to the Trevino home.

Never made it to her errands

Investigators determined that Kira Trevino never made it to her gym or tanning salon. The last time family or friends heard from her was about 6 p.m. last Thursday when she left work.

Her cellphone was last used at 10 p.m. that night.

On Monday, mall security spotted her car in the rear corner of a lot, purse and cellphone inside. Police had the car towed and the tow-truck driver spotted what looked like blood around the trunk opening. Police found the liner nearby, soaked with human blood.

Marcie Steger said her daughter’s car was backed into the parking space, a maneuver she said her daughter couldn’t execute.

In the Trevino home, police found the most blood in the master bedroom, around the bed. Near the corner of the bed, experts found a large blood stain in the shape of a head and torso.

More blood was found throughout the house.

In the laundry room, they found the Arkansas Razorback shirt that Jeffery Trevino said he was wearing on Feb. 21. It was freshly washed.

Police also found two bleach-stained towels, a mop, bucket and cleaning products. “Forensic scientists found evidence of extensive cleanup efforts, with furniture moved to hide evidence,” the complaint says.

The mall video shows that after the person threw away the trunk liner at the mall at 9:45 a.m. on Wednesday, the same person took a cab to a destination less than a block from the Trevino home.

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