Case of 4 people found fatally shot in an SUV in a Wisconsin cornfield a ‘mystery,’ police say

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Milwaukee – four people Found dead in an abandoned SUV One cornfield was shot in western Wisconsin and all were from Minnesota, officials said of a case they described as a mystery.

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The Dunn County Sheriff’s Office said preliminary results of autopsies performed Monday by the Ramsey County Medical Examiner’s Office showed that two men and two women had died of gunshot wounds.

Investigators believe that the four Minnesota residents who were found in rural Dunn County, Wisconsin had no connection to the area and neither did the suspects.

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Sheridan is about 70 miles northeast of St. Paul. The SUV was driven 50 yards to a corn field and abandoned, Bygd said.

Some details have been released so far about the deaths, which are being investigated as murder.

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At around 2:15 pm on Sunday, someone called emergency dispatchers to say that people were not moving inside the SUV in the cornfield.

Officials believe the residents of the four Twin Cities-area died less than 24 hours after they were found and that the location was “a place where these victims were randomly brought, Bygad said.

“Everyone is a suspect at this point,” he said. “We’re looking at everyone and every possibility.”

Asked about a motive, Bygad said investigators are making suggestions and interviewing acquaintances, but they don’t have an answer yet.

“That’s a mystery. We don’t know a motive yet,” he said.

Investigators do not believe the case is related to organized crime, and Bygad said they had no indication that the killings were drug-related.

Bygd also said they have a “very high degree of certainty” that any suspects left the area in a vehicle. He said he did not believe any of the suspects were local residents because none of the victims had ties to Dunn County, he said.

The victims have been identified as Nitosha Lee Flug-Presley, 30, Matthew Isiah Pettus, 26, Lois Foreman III, 35, and Jasmine Christine Sturm, 30.

Pettus was Sturm’s half-brother, according to Minneapolis Star Tribune. Foreman was Sturm’s lover, and Flug-Presley was his close friend.

Sturm and Foreman were raising five children together, Pettus’ brother told the Star Tribune. Pettus had posted photos on Facebook with their young daughter and it appears that Flug-Presley had two young children.

Dunn County investigators are looking for possible reports of a second, darker SUV that may have been involved.

Bygad said the sheriff’s office is working with multiple agencies to review security footage and traffic cameras.

Bygd said he had never seen a quadruple murder in Dunn County before.

“It’s extremely unusual for the area. Obviously we’ve had murders over the years, but something of this magnitude — (I’m) on my 33rd year working for Dunn County, and this It’s the first time.”

Contribution: The Associated Press

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