Reporting Edward Moody
MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – The family of a missing St. Paul woman is not giving up hope that she’s still alive, even after her husband was arrested on suspicion of homicide.
Kira Trevino, 30, was reported missing on Friday. St. Paul police say Jeffrey Trevino is the one who called officers to report his wife missing on Friday. Now he’s in jail on suspicion of homicide.
Investigators say they found evidence in the couple’s home on Iowa Avenue in St. Paul that led to the arrest. Police also say they found evidence in Kira Trevino’s car, which was found in a parking ramp at the Mall of America over the weekend.
Kira Trevino’s family has been handing out fliers for days at Mall of America, where she works. Their reaction to Jeffery Trevino’s arrest — even though he still hasn’t been charged — is shock and anger.
In town from Wisconsin and even Texas, Kira Steger Trevino’s loved ones have searched for her for days.
“She was the best person I know,” her mother Marcie Steger said. “I mean, as a friend, as a daughter.”
She said after hearing about Kira’s husband’s arrest, she felt “angry, betrayed, upset, confused.”
Kira’s younger sister Keri Anne says what’s most frightening is what it could mean — that Kira may not be alive.
“It’s haunting my family every single minute of every, every minute,” she said.
Keri Anne says in the eight years Jeff and Kira were together — the last three, married — she never got to know him well. Perhaps — she thinks — by design.
“He did not give us that opportunity, nor did he give us the opportunity to know them as a couple,” she said.
As the Steger’s learn more about this case, they say hope gets harder to hold onto. But no matter what they’ll keep trying to find her.
“We want to find Kira, and bring her home, bring her to our family,” she said.
Kira worked as a manager of Delia’s and didn’t show up for work late last week. The couple lived with a roommate and police say the roommate is cooperating with investigators.
We tried to talk to Jeffery Trevino at his home Monday night, but he declined.
The Ramsey County Attorney’s Office said Wednesday morning the case has been handed over by police for consideration of criminal charges. Jeffery Trevino must be formally charged by 10 a.m. Thursday or be released from custody if the county attorney doesn’t file for an extension to keep him in jail.