Although Kira’s Body Was Found, It’s ‘Not A Day To Celebrate’

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — The search for 30-year-old Kira Trevino is finally over.

A person working in the area saw her body Wednesday and called police.

“Today, we can confirm that the search for Trevino is over,” said Cmdr. Brian Coyle with St. Paul Police on Thursday.

For more than two and a half months, Trevino’s family had been left wondering what happened to her. During an interview with WCCO in February, just days after she went missing, her mom, Marcie Steger, said Kira could bring out the best in everyone.

“She was the best person, the best friend, the best daughter. She was like that to anyone who walked up to her,” Steger said.

Thursday’s news offered closure, but also heartache.

Around 1:30 p.m. Wednesday afternoon, police were called to the upper landing near Robert Street after someone reported seeing a body in the river.

“I want to say that this is not a day to celebrate. It’s a day when Kira’s loved ones, family, and those who care about her can finally know where she is,” Coyle said.

The Ramsey County Attorney’s Office says Thursday’s announcement helps strengthen their case against Trevino’s husband, 39-year-old Jeffery Trevino. Police took him into custody after they found DNA evidence at the couple’s home, in Kira Trevino’s car, and in nearby Keller Lake where they discovered a plastic bag with a bloody pillow inside.

“To the family I want to say that I’m sure today is filled with mixed emotions. I’m glad we found her for you, but the sense of loss has probably deepened by what’s happened,” Coyle said.

Jeffery Trevino has been charged with second-degree murder. His trial begins at the end of the month.

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