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Missing metro women linked to domestic violence

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Sitting behind a picture of their daughter Kira, Jay and Marcie Steger say they understand what the families of several other missing women are going through.

"When we leave the Cities to go home and we haven't found her yet, it's heart-wrenching," Marcie said. "It's a long drive home."

Kira Steger Trevino disappeared back in February after she did not show up for work at the Mall of America.

She's one of at least four young women – along with Danielle Jelinek Mandy Matula and Anna Hurd – who have either gone missing or are believed to have been murdered by their boyfriends or husbands over the past few months.

"We see it in the news all the time but you never think it's going to happen to you," said Connie Moore, who runs a shelter for battered women.

Moore said in all four cases, the victims were trying to leave a romantic relationship – and that is when they're in the most danger.

Women who believe they could be hurt when trying to breakup should tell a friend of family member, Moore said, and meet their significant other in a public place.

"I really encourage anyone in that situation who believes there is a hint of danger and they are not sure to make a phone call or talk to someone you trust and have that conversation," she said.

Prosecutors believe Kira's husband Jeff killed her because she wanted a divorce, and her family says they won't stop searching for her until they find the peace they've been looking for.

"We want to do anything we can to bring our daughter home," Marcie Steger said.

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