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Kira Trevino Found: Body of missing Minn. woman recovered from Mississippi River, police say

Kira Trevino is seen in this undated personal photo. Facebook

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(CBS) MINNEAPOLIS - The body of Kira Trevino, a Minnesota woman missing since Feb. 21, was found in the Mississippi River Wednesday, authorities confirmed Thursday, according to CBS Minnesota

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The Ramsey County Sheriff's Office says a person called police around 1:30 p.m. Wednesday to report a body in the river. The body was spotted just south of Robert Street Bridge in downtown St. Paul, according to Randy Gustafson, of the Ramsey County Sheriff's Office.

Authorities responded to the scene and a body was pulled from the river and taken to the medical examiner. Officials initially said it was not clear if the body was that of a man or a woman, the station reports.

For two months, the search for the 30-year-old Trevino focused on Keller Lake in Maplewood, Minn. after witnesses told police they saw two men on Feb. 22 struggling to carry something onto the lake which appeared to be the size of a person. The lake, it should be noted, is less than two miles from the Trevino home in St. Paul.

Upon searching Keller Lake, a bag containing a bloody pillow and pillowcase, a bra, shirt and a sponge were recovered with DNA matching that of Kira.

Trevino went missing Feb. 21 after leaving her job at the Mall of America. Her husband, Jeffery Trevino, 39, remains locked in a jail cell charged with two counts of second-degree murder after large amounts of his wife's blood were found at the couple's home. The Ramsey County Attorney's Office said now that the body has been found, it will help their case against Jeffery Trevino, CBS Minnesota reports.

Jeffery Trevino first reported his wife missing to St. Paul Police, saying that she was suffering "a midlife crisis." He said she'd disappear for days at a time. Later that day, Kira Trevino's mother also called police, concerned that Jeffery may have hurt her daughter.

When her car was discovered in a parking ramp Friday morning with her not around, St. Paul Police say they saw evidence of blood along the rim of the trunk, and also found a trunk liner nearby that had blood on it. Her cell phone and purse were found inside.

Police went to Jeffery Trevino's house to execute a search warrant. The criminal complaint says they saw a number of freshly washed towels and clothes there, with bleach bottles and a mop and bucket, as well as carpet cleaner.

Investigators said there were blood spatters found in the master bedroom, in the living room, the bathroom, the hall, and also in the basement. Investigators say blood was found on the bedroom carpet, in the shape of a human head and torso.

Prosecutors say Jeffery Trevino washed his clothing and used bleach to clean up blood evidence at his home.

Jeffrey Trevino told police that he and Kira had a date night Thursday, and that she left home Friday morning to go tanning and to work out.

According to court papers, she never did either that day.

Kira Trevino's mother, Marcie Steger, said she felt angry, betrayed, upset and confused after hearing of Jeffery Trevino's arrest. The criminal complaint said that Kira Trevino told family members she had been having marital problems and was considering leaving her husband.

The two had been together for eight years and married for at least three, but a family member said they never really got to know him well.

Jeffery Trevino's bail has been set at $1 million. His trial is scheduled to begin at the end of this month.

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