Body of Kira Trevino Found Battered, Nude

Updated: 05/11/2013 8:54 AM By: Maricella Miranda

Kira Trevino, 30, a missing St. Paul woman.
Kira Trevino, 30, a missing St. Paul woman.
Photo: KSTP File Photo

Kira Trevino, whose body was found this week in the Mississippi River, suffered a head wound, broken bones, facial bruising and cuts to her liver, according to an initial autopsy. 

Those details were released Friday in Ramsey County District Court documents, requesting an extension for a pretrial in a murder case against Trevino's husband, Jeffrey Trevino.

The court motion can be found here. 

Jeffrey Trevino, 39, has been charged with second-degree murder in his wife's death. His next court appearance is scheduled for May 15, with a trial set for May 28.

DNA analysis of the new evidence found will require four weeks to complete, and an autopsy report will take six weeks to complete, according to state prosecutors.

On Thursday, police confirmed that a body found this week in the Mississippi River in downtown St. Paul was the remains of 30-year-old Kira Trevino, who has been missing since Feb. 21. Trevino has been presumed dead for months, according to police.

An initial autopsy of her body revealed that she had a broken finger, bruising inside her upper lip and cuts to her liver, according to court documents. More examination will be needed to determine if the injuries were caused before or after her death.

Trevino also had partially digested food in her stomach, which may lead to a more precise time of death, according to the Ramsey County Medical Examiner.

Her body was found unclothed and without any jewelry, which likely was an attempt by her husband to conceal her identity, according to state prosecutors.

A wadded piece of duct tape also was found in Trevino's hair. Forensic analysis could reveal if the tape matches a roll of duct tape found earlier at Keller Lake in Maplewood.

Authorities believe that Jeffrey Trevino murdered his wife in their bedroom, and then concealed her body. He reported her missing Feb. 22 to police.

Kira Trevino's vehicle arrived at the Mall of America in Bloomington, where she worked, at 9:45 a.m. Feb. 22, according to court documents.

A man took a taxi from where her vehicle was parked. The taxi drove the man to a home on the 500 block of Iowa Avenue East in St. Paul, where the couple lived. The man was wearing a shirt with a design, which was identified inside Jeffrey Trevino's home.

Because of the new evidence found Thursday, the state is requesting an extension in the May 15 deadline for scientific testing to be completed in the case against Jeffrey Trevino.

Trevino's body was found at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday 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.

A person who works near the Mississippi River found the body and reported it to police. The Ramsey County Water Patrol and St. Paul firefighters arrived at the scene.

The body was badly decomposed, according to authorities. The medical examiner identified the body through Trevino's dental records, court documents stated.

Police said the investigation into Trevino's death remains ongoing.

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

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.