MAPLEWOOD, MN (WSAU) - The search for a missing Minnesota woman originally from the Wausau area went underwater for the first time Tuesday. 30-year-old Kira Steger Trevino disappeared nearly a month ago after work. Her husband Jeffrey is in jail charged with killing her.
Now, law enforcement and groups of volunteers and family members continue searching for her body.
Searchers found an item of interest Saturday, and dogs were brought to Keller Regional Park, where they indicated something of interest that police followed up on. Investigators refuse to elaborate on what the item of interest was or if it was something that belonged to Kira Trevino.
St. Paul Police Sergeant Paul Paulos says their efforts didn’t find the missing woman yet. “We did not find anything. We’ll continue to look as much as possible for Kira and go from there.”
Ramsey County Sheriff’s Department Public Information Officer Robert Gustafson says their effort Tuesday on Keller Lake was a two stage approach. “We first cut a hole in the ice and then brought out our R-O-V unit. It’s a remote controlled sonar and video camera equipment that we can control from up above. We made a search of the area with that. Not finding anything with that piece of equipment, we then sent down divers.” Eleven divers worked 20-minute shifts inspecting a 40-foot radius in about 5 feet of water under the ice.
Investigators did not alert the media to Tuesday’s search at Lake Keller, and that this particular search was publicized by a public observer.
Paulos says there are several unsolicited search parties looking for Kira Trevino organized by family and volunteers using social media tools. He says they are following up on any tips they find, but are not participating with their individual search parties.
Officer Shan Denam emphasized to the media that their investigation has not stopped, and this particular search site is not the only place they’ve been looking for Kira Trevino. “This isn’t the first time that we’ve done a search. This may be the first time that news organizations have heard about a search. This is not the first search we’ve done. This is also not the first item that we’ve found. This may be the first time that news organizations have heard about an item that was found, but this isn’t it.”
Sergeant Paulos said their search at Keller Lake turned up nothing, but he said officers could return to this site if the investigation leads them here again. “We continue to follow leads. If something brings us back here, we’ll be back here. We’re not going to leave anything unturned.”
Kira grew up in Central Wisconsin, and was a 2001 graduate of D.C. Everest High School. Investigators say she was making plans to leave her husband when she disappeared.
There’s a special fund set up to help Kira’s family with expenses:Kira Steger Trevino FundRiver Valley Bank327 N. 17th AveWausau, WI 54401.
Police have set up a tip line for the case at 651-560-3277.