Wendy Reuer, Published March 27 2013
Valley Water Rescue teams assist in search for woman
Valley Water Rescue member Mike Knorr and his search dog Scupper joined three other search dog teams in the Maplewood, Minn., area. Also joining the effort were Jason Gross and Bryan Page, who are using Valley Water Rescue sonar search equipment.
The teams are looking for the body of 30-year-old Kira Trevino, who was last seen the night of Feb. 21 as she left work at the Mall of America in Bloomington. Authorities found blood in her car and home in St. Paul and believe she is dead.
Trevino’s 39-year-old husband, Jeffery Trevino, was charged on Feb. 28 with two counts of second-degree murder in her death. After seeing the complaint, Trevino’s family and friends searched the lake and found a bag containing a bloody pillow and pillowcase, a bra, shirt and a sponge.
Pete Fendt, president of Valley Water Rescue, said he was told by Knorr that this will likely be the last big search effort because ice conditions are fast deteriorating.
Fendt said it is the first time team members have traveled to the Twin Cities, but Valley Water Rescue has worked in 17 counties around the area on search missions.
Valley Water Rescue is a nonprofit search team comprised of Cass and Clay County Sheriff’s Offices reserve officers.
Valley Water Rescue assisted in the high-profile search for slain University of North Dakota student Dru Sjodin in late 2003 and last year’s underwater search in Jamestown for fisherman Darrin Ackermann, who fell through the ice while fishing.
Most recently, the team – including Knorr and Scupper – assisted authorities in finding the body of Colter Brandon Dallman in rural Cass County in January.
Jeffery Trevino remains jailed on $1 million bail.
Readers can reach Forum reporter Wendy Reuer at (701) 241-5530