A day after the announcement that the body of Kira Trevino was recovered in the Mississippi River, court documents released shed new light on her condition at the time she was killed. Her husband, Jeffrey Trevino, is charged in the death and scheduled to stand trial May 28.
Ramsey County prosecutors filed a motion seeking additional time for experts to analyze her body and other evidence involved in her disappearance. The defense had wanted the test results completed by May 15.
Court documents revealed injuries to Kira's body included a head wound, a broken finger, bruising inside her lip and lacerations to her liver.
"I don't think anyone wants to hear the gruesome details on how their daughter was taken," said Kira's father Jay Steger told FOX 9's Paul Blume. "Absolutely not, but we have to."
The Steger family is expected to arrive in the Twin Cities on Friday night to help in search efforts to help find two other missing women.
"We would just want to pay it forward because we know what the other families are going through," said Steger. "We feel if we can get some of our organized search group that helped us in our searches to help in the others so that they can help find closure in their families, that's what we want."
Closure is a word difficult to comprehend for the Steger family. Despite authorities locating and recovering their daughter's body, the result is more questions and details.
"Actually we thought when we were able to find her and bring her home that we would get the closure but little did we realize that by finding her we have to hear the details on what actually happened and the closure's not there," said Steger. "It actually brought us back to when she was first missing. We didn't realize the details would haunt us."
The Steger family is coming to the Twin Cities this weekend to help the family of Mandy Matula who has been missing since the night of May 1 when she was last seen leaving her parent's home in Eden Prairie with her boyfriend David Roe. Roe had agreed to talk to authorities during the day on May 2, but pulled a handgun and shot himself in the parking lot of the Eden Prairie police station before talking to police later that afternoon.
Through their nightmare, the Steger family has a message for loved ones involved in the search for Matula.
"Be strong. It's a long and heartbreaking process. I know exactly what they are going through and you wouldn't wish that on anybody, said Steger. "I hope as a family they can stay strong and stay united and be together. That is very important to get through all this."
MATULA SEARCH DETAILS
The search will begin Saturday morning at 10 a.m. at Victoria Elementary school in Victoria.
Eden Prairie police released descriptions of two articles of clothing Matula could possibly have been wearing on the night she disappeared:
1. Black Nike Air tennis shoes, women's size 8.5–9, with hot pink lining and a white swoosh on the side.
2. Sweatshirt with a University of Minnesota Duluth (UMD) logo on it.
Police also released maps covering areas of interest in Carver, Wright, Stearns, Sherburne and Benton counties.
To view the search area maps, visit http://www.edenprarie.org/searchmap