Body of missing Minnesota woman found in Mississippi RiverST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Police confirmed Thursday that a body recovered from the Mississippi River is that of a St. Paul woman who has been missing since February.
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Police confirmed Thursday that a body recovered from the Mississippi River is that of a St. Paul woman who has been missing since February.
Kira Trevino, a 30-year-old Wisconsin native, was last seen alive Feb. 21. Her husband, Jeffery Trevino, was charged with second-degree murder, after authorities found large amounts of blood in the couple's home. He is scheduled to go on trial May 28.
Ramsey County Attorney John Choi said in an email Thursday that he's grateful that Kira Trevino's body was found.
"The grief, pain and sorrow that this case has caused Kira's family has weighed heavily on my mind," Choi said. "As we stated when this case was charged in February, we intend to prove second-degree murder against the defendant and seek justice for Kira's family."
Volunteers had been organizing searches for Trevino every weekend. Authorities said her body was found Wednesday afternoon by someone who saw it floating in the river in downtown St. Paul.
Jeffery Trevino was charged with murder after investigators found blood on the floor, furniture, walls and stairs of the couple's home as well as evidence of an extensive effort to cover it up.
Police said that Trevino had called police days after she was last seen alive to report that he hadn't heard from her. Investigators searched the couple's home and found "copious" amounts of blood evidence and signs of an extensive effort to clean it up, a criminal complaint said.
A carpet cleaner had what appeared to be blood and human tissue on it, and investigators also found bleach and bleach-stained towels in the kitchen, and a mop and bucket in the hall. In the bedroom, forensic examiners found blood on the floor and wall, box spring, bed frame, closet, and book shelf, the complaint said.
Investigators found a blood stain shaped like a human head and torso under the bedroom carpet. They said the amount of blood spatter is consistent with "more than one forceful blow."