Mandy Matula, Kira Trevino, Danielle Jelinek: Three missing Minn. women, three families fighting for answers

Danielle Jelinek, left, Kira Trevino, center, and Many Matula, right.
CBS Minnesota

(CBS) MINNEAPOLIS - Searches for missing women are becoming more and more common in the Minneapolis-area after the number of missing local young women has risen to three in the past six months, CBS Minnesota reports.

Danielle Jelinek, 27, of Chisago; Kira Trevino, 30, of St. Paul; and Mandy Matula, 24, of Eden Prairie, have all been reported missing in the past six months and are currently unaccounted for. However, authorities reportedly have no reason to believe the three cases are related in any way.

Friends and family of the missing women, as well as local volunteers, have made weekends in the Minneapolis-area synonymous with foot searches.

In Eden Prairie, Mandy Matula's brother, Steven Matula, is heading up the latest round, the station reports. His sister went missing May 1, 2013 and her boyfriend, a person of interest, has since committed suicide.

Steven Matula expressed sympathy for other families who are going through a similar situation, especially the families of Kira Trevino and Danielle Jelinek.

"[I] think about the parents who haven't seen their daughter in three months, four months. I know my prayers are with them," Steven Matula told the station. "Besides looking for Mandy, look for the other girls too because they are just as important as Mandy."

Danielle Jelinek was reported missing on Dec. 9, 2012 from a home in Chisago Lake Township. She was last seen with her former boyfriend, who was listed as a person of interest in her disappearance. He is reportedly not cooperating with authorities and is currently being held on drug charges.

Kira Trevino was last seen on Feb. 21, 2013 as she left work at the Mall of America, but authorities found so much blood in her car and home in St. Paul that they believe she is dead. Her husband, Jeffery Trevino, is being held on two counts of second-degree murder.

Marcie Steger, Kira's mother, told CBS Minnesota that she hasn't had a chance to speak to Matula's family but she can only imagine what they are going through.

"I remember that first week, it's a whirlwind, adrenaline," Steger said. "You just have to do, do, do."

"I feel terrible for Mandy's family right now because it does get a lot worse before it gets better, we pray it gets better. We pray Kira is brought home to us - that all the girls are brought home," Steger told the station.

Searches for answers continue in the case of all three missing Minnesota women and anyone with information in regards to the whereabouts of Trevino, Matula or Jelinek is asked to call authorities.