Menomonee, Wis. — Four people killed in an abandoned SUV in a western Wisconsin cornfield were shot and all were from Minnesota, officials said Tuesday in a case described as a mystery.
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.
The victims were identified as Matthew Isiah Pettus, 26, Lois Foreman III, 35, and Jasmine Christine Sturm, 30, all from St. Paul; As well as Nitosha Lee Flug-Presley, 30, of Stillwater.
Dunn County Sheriff Kevin Bygad said during a news conference on Tuesday that officials do not believe the person or people responsible for the killings are local or still in the area. He said investigators had no motive.
“That’s a mystery,” he said.
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.”
Flug-Presley’s father, Damon Presley Sr., told the St. Paul Pioneer Press that the four victims were at St. Paul’s Bar on Saturday night and that they got into someone’s vehicle when they left.
“why will?” he said on Tuesday. “…it doesn’t make any sense.”
According to the Dunn County Sheriff’s Office, a 911 caller alerted a black SUV off a rural road in downtown Sheridan on Sunday.
Sheriff’s officials had previously said that there may have been a second dark-colored SUV traveling with the vehicle that had been abandoned.
The Wisconsin Division of Criminal Investigation and the Wisconsin State Patrol are assisting with the investigation.