The Free Press, Mankato, MN

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February 28, 2013

St. Paul man charged with murdering his missing wife

ST. PAUL — Prosecutors on Thursday charged a Minnesota man with murdering his missing wife, after investigators found blood traces throughout the couple's home, a large head and torso-shaped stain under a rug, and evidence of an extensive effort to cover it up.

Authorities said they have not found 30-year-old Kira Trevino's body, but they believe she's dead because of the amount of blood found in her car and the couple's St. Paul home and because it wasn't like her to disappear without telling anyone.

Jeffery Dale Trevino, 39, was arrested Tuesday and made an initial court appearance Thursday. He is charged with two counts of second-degree murder in his wife's death, which investigators believe happened last Thursday or Friday.

Kira Trevino didn't show up for work at the Mall of America on Saturday, and her car was found in the mall parking lot that day with her cellphone and purse inside.

According to police, Jeffery Trevino called Sunday to report that he hadn't heard from his wife since Friday morning, when she went to run errands. He told officers she was going through a "mid-life crisis" and had been leaving for up to three days at a time and lying about where she was staying.

According to the criminal complaint, investigators searched the couple's home Monday and found "copious" amounts of blood evidence and of an extensive effort to clean it up. A carpet cleaner had what appeared to be blood and human tissue inside of it, and investigators also found bleach, bleach-stained towels and a mop and bucket in the hallway.

In the bedroom, forensic examiners found blood on the floor and wall, bed frame and box spring, which was partially broken, according to the complaint. There was also blood evidence in the living room, kitchen, hallway, basement, and in the laundry area — where authorities found freshly washed towels.

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