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Kira Trevino's body found with head wound, broken bone, duct tape

Kira Steger Trevino's body was found naked, battered and with a wad of duct tape in her hair, prosecutors said in court documents filed Friday. The new details come a day after her body was identified by dental records as the one pulled from the ...

Kira Trevino
In this photo taken Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2013, Marcie Steger puts her hands on her daughter Kira Trevino's missing-person poster as she speaks with family at their hotel in Bloomington, Minn. (Renee Jones Schneider / Minneapolis Star Tribune, Associated Press)

Kira Steger Trevino's body was found naked, battered and with a wad of duct tape in her hair, prosecutors said in court documents filed Friday.

The new details come a day after her body was identified by dental records as the one pulled from the Mississipi River in downtown St. Paul on Wednesday.

Trevino, 30, had been missing since Feb. 21 and presumed dead because of large amounts of blood found in her Payne-Phalen home in St. Paul. Her husband, Jeffery Trevino, 39, is charged with two counts of second-degree murder in his wife's death. He has pleaded not guilty.

Scheduled to stand trial May 28, he remains in the Ramsey County Jail on $1 million bail.

Ramsey County prosecutors filed a motion Friday to seek more time to analyze the badly decomposed body and other evidence tied to her disappearance. Jeffery Trevino's attorneys had asked to get results of all scientific tests in the case by May 15.

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The injuries to the body include a head wound, a broken finger, bruising inside her lip and lacerations to her liver, according to the motion.

"Taken together, the evidence indicates that Jeff Trevino violently murdered Kira Steger in their bedroom and concealed her body, which only two days ago was discovered and only yesterday was identified," Assistant Ramsey County Attorney Richard Dusterhoft said in the motion.

A cause of death hasn't been determined, nor is it clear whether the injuries occured before or after her death.

Evidence such as partially digested food in Kira Trevino's stomach might point to a more-precise time of death. And the duct tape could be linked to a roll of duct tape found at Keller Lake Park in Maplewood -- the site of many searches for Trevino's body -- that had fibers, human hair and a white animal hair stuck to it.

At the time of her death, Kira Trevino owned a white dog.

Police won't elaborate on where her body was placed in the river because it's part of the investigation.

They searched the river April 25 near the Wakota Bridge, between South St. Paul and Newport. Trevino's body was found near the Robert Street bridge after a nearby worker spotted it and called police about 1:30 p.m. Wednesday.

Investigators also searched on and around Keller Lake, where volunteers found a pillow with blood matching Trevino's DNA.

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Ramsey County prosecutors declined to say Thursday whether the case would be sent to a grand jury for a possible first-degree murder indictment. A first-degree charge would mean the crime was premeditated.

Trevino's father, Jay Steger of Marshfield, Wis., said he traveled to the Twin Cities every weekend but one to join volunteers searching for his daughter.

He said he will return this weekend with Texas relatives of Trevino's mother to help search for two other missing women -- Danielle Jelinek, 28, of Oakdale and Mandy Matula, 24, of Eden Prairie.

"We're going to try to pay it forward, because of the all people who helped us," Steger said. "It's the right thing to do."

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