Search for Kira Trevino returns to Keller Lake

Law enforcement officials once again searched Keller Lake in Maplewood last week in their investigation of the disappearance of Kira Trevino, 30.

Now that the surface ice has melted, the Ramsey County Sheriff’s Office was able to search the lake using a boat and sonar equipment, but did not discover any new evidence after several hours of searching on April 30.

Randy Gustafson, spokesman for the sheriff’s office, said a team of divers would have been called out if any new evidence were found.

Law enforcement last searched the lake and surrounding Keller Lake Regional Park in mid-March, after volunteer searchers discovered a bag filled with bloody items that matched Kira Trevino’s DNA profile.

Investigators also searched the Mississippi River near the Interstate-494 Wakota Bridge in South St. Paul last week.

Trevino’s husband, Jeffery, 39, is charged with two counts of second-degree murder in his wife’s disappearance in February. His trial is expected to begin on May 28.

Kira Trevino was last seen publicly on Feb. 21 at the Mall of America, where she worked. Investigators have not yet found a body, but during a search of the Trevinos’ home on the East Side of St. Paul discovered enough blood to presume she is deceased.

Keller Lake is only about two miles from the Trevinos’ home.

Private donors have raised $1,000 as a reward for the person who reports the information leading to the discovery of the body of Kira Trevino as motivation to volunteer searchers.

- Johanna Holub

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