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Updated: 05/10/2013 6:41 AM
Created: 05/08/2013 3:39 PM KSTP.com | Print |  Email
By: Maricella Miranda

Investigation into Kira Trevino's Death Continues

Police confirmed Thursday that a body found this week in the Mississippi River is the remains of Kira Trevino, a missing St. Paul woman.

Thirty-year-old Trevino, of central Wisconsin, was last seen alive Feb. 21.

For months, Trevino has been presumed dead, according to police.

Jay Steger, Trevino's dad, told KSTP that he and her mother are devastated, but happy that their daughter has been found.

Trevino's husband, Jeffery Trevino, 39, has been charged with second-degree murder in her disappearance. His next court appearance is scheduled for May 15. His trial is scheduled for May 28 in Ramsey County District Court.

The criminal complaint can be found here.

Authorities held a news conference Thursday regarding the body that was found at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday on the upper landing of the Mississippi River near the Comcast building.

The area is located near U.S. Highway 52 and south of the Robert Street Bridge, according to authorities.

The body was found in an eddy, which is a circling current of water where debris tend to collect, said Senior Cmdr. Brian Coyle of the St. Paul police.

The investigation into Kira Trevino's death remains ongoing, according to police.

A person who works near the Mississippi River found the body and reported it to police, according to police. The Ramsey County Water Patrol and St. Paul firefighters arrived at the scene. Firefighters retrieved the body, which was transported to the Ramsey County Medical Examiner. The body was badly decomposed, according to authorities.

Dave McCormick, a defense attorney not affiliated with the Trevino case, said the discovery changes everything.

"It's huge. Now, they can prove death. They can look at the body, find out what kind of wounds it has on it, find out way more about what happened. Before, they were trying to try a case without a body. They had to prove death. Now, they've got that," McCormick said.

McCormick also said the trial could be delayed, and that prosecutors will likely upgrade the charge against Jeffery Trevino to first-degree murder. That would require them to take the case to a grand jury.

Since her disappearance, volunteers have been searching metro parks for evidence in the case. A search turned up some evidence near Keller Lake in Maplewood, which included a plastic bag with a bloody pillow inside that matched Kira Trevino's DNA.

"We are grateful that the body of Kira Steger has been recovered for the sake of her family and all those that loved her," said Ramsey County Attorney John Choi.

"The grief, pain and sorrow that this case has caused Kira’s family has weighed heavily on my mind," he said. "I also want to thank the countless volunteers, many who never knew Kira, who took action to help find her body over the past few months."

Click here to watch our interview with Kira's parents.

Click here to watch video of the St. Paul Police news conference.

Click here to watch more of the interview with attorney Dave McCormick.

Stay with KSTP.com for updates on this developing story.


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