Yesterday morning, Jeffrey Dale Trevino, 39, of Saint Paul, was charged with two second degree felony counts of murder in the death of his wife, Kira Trevino. Kira, 30, was last seen last Thursday night at around 8:00 p.m. Jeffrey Trevino reported her missing on Friday.
On Monday, the Bureau of Criminal Apprehension, (BCA,) searched Trevino's home on the 500 block of Iowa Avenue East in Saint Paul. They found blood spattered throughout the home, as well as an apparent effort to cover up the crime. The BCA crime scene technicians noticed that furniture had been recently moved to cover up these blood stains. They also found a bucket, bleach, carpet cleaner and a mop that had traces of both human blood and tissue on it. A large area of carpet had been cut and removed from the floor. This carpet was covered with bloodstains in the shape of a human head and torso. For more information about the Bureau of Criminal Apprehension and the work that they do, see the following link. https://dps.mn.gov/divisions/bca/Pages/default.aspx
Kira's car was left at the Mall of America West End parking lot. Kira had worked at a store called "Delia's" inside the mall. Friends and family say that it was uncharacteristic of Kira to miss work or to go any amount of time without staying in contact with those close to her. Kira's family members have said that they were pleased to learn that she had so many friends at the Mall of America who were concerned about her welfare. Over 2,000 people signed up for updates on the missing person case on a Facebook website. However, the site was shut down after many people made negative comments about her husband Jeff.
Police searched Kira's car in the mall parking lot and found further evidence to support that a homicide had been committed. Some suspect that Jeff Trevino drove Kira's car to the lot in an effort to make it look like she disappeared at the mall. This suspicion is supported by the fact that a cab was called to the Mall of America on Friday, and the GPS system shows that this cab took the passenger to a site that was a block away from Kira and Jeff's home address. Surveillance cameras at the mall showed a person parking Kira's car, then emptying an item from the trunk into the trash. The item turned out to be a blood stained piece of plastic.
While there were no previous charges against Jeff Trevino in instances of Domestic Abuse, Kira's mother has said that Kira had told her that the two were experiencing marital problems as of late.
This case is unique because murder charges have been filed even though a body was not found. The Ramsey county attorney Jon Choi, has stated that although there was no body, the sheer amount of blood and other evidence at the scene has indicated that a homicide took place. http://www.co.ramsey.mn.us/Attorney/Johnsbio.htmUnfortunately, this case is not unique in the aspect that the husband is suspected of the crime. As Carole Arthur from the Domestic Abuse Project has pointed out, when a woman is the victim of homicide, 30% of these cases result in findings that her boyfriend or husband was the killer. http://www.domesticabuseproject.com/
Kira Trevino was born in Wausau Wisconsin. There will be a prayer vigil for her today at 5:00 p.m. at the Bethany Baptist Church in Weston. https://foursquare.com/v/bethany-baptist-church/4bd4811e6f64952157766dec
If you have any further information about this case, please call the Saint Paul Police Department at #651-266-5650. Or, you can always leave an anonymous tip at CrimeStoppers. http://www.crimestoppersmn.org/
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