Why did four friends from the Twin Cities lose their lives in gun violence with their bodies discovered in an abandoned vehicle in a corn field in western Wisconsin?
“That’s the secret,” said Damon Presley Sr., whose daughter, Nitosha Lee Flug-Presley, was murdered. “Hopefully, through investigation we will find the answer.”
On Tuesday, the Dunn County Sheriff’s Office released the names of those found dead in an SUV on Sunday.
Sheriff Kevin Bygad said officers believed he died less than 24 hours after he was found. He said there was no known connection between Dunn County and the four.
Flug-Presley, 30, of Stillwater, was with her lifelong friend Jasmine Christine Sturm, 30, of St. Paul. One of the people found dead in the vehicle, Matthew Isiah Pettus, 26, of St. Paul, was Sturm’s brother, Presley said. Lois Foreman III, 35, of St. Paul, was apparently Sturm’s lover.
“We believe this was a place where these victims were brought in randomly,” Bygad said.
No one has been arrested, and the sheriff said the investigation includes searching for acquaintances of the victims. “Everyone is a suspect at this point,” he said.
“We think we’ve developed some good information from the suggestions and we certainly want to continue to make them,” Bygd said.
Saturday night in a ST. Paul Bari
Paul’s bar on a Saturday night before the friends were killed and they got into a vehicle with someone Presley said he was able to do together.
“why will?” he said on Tuesday. “…it doesn’t make any sense.”
A farmer found an abandoned sport-utility vehicle in rural Dunn County. According to Bygd, near Sheridan’s Town, it was deliberately driven into a corn field about 50 yards from the road, about 30 minutes north of Menomonee, Wis.
“We can’t find any connection to the region other than randomly popping out of the Twin Cities,” Bygad said.
The sheriff said he suspected the person or people responsible had left in another vehicle. The Dunn County Sheriff’s Office previously said there may have been another dark SUV traveling with the vehicle that was abandoned.
According to the sheriff’s office, the Ramsey County medical examiner’s office performed the autopsies, and preliminary information suggests that each died from gunshot wounds.
Bygd said they believed the suspects were not from the area.
“We cannot suspect anyone at the local level to randomly kill four people from the Twin Cities,” he said.
According to Bygd, investigators will be reviewing highway and bridge cameras in the area. According to a St. Paul Police spokesperson, St. Paul’s Police homicide investigators are providing assistance when requested. Including the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension.
“This is extremely unusual for the region,” Bygd said. “Obviously, we’ve had murders over the years, but something of this magnitude, I’m in my 33rd year working for Dunn County and this is my first time.”
remembering his life
Foreman’s mother said Tuesday that Loys was their only son.
“He was a devoted father to two wonderful sons,” said Jessica Foreman. “He was a doting uncle to his four nieces and nephews. He was the protector of his three sisters. He was not perfect and we loved him unconditionally. He left an irreplaceable void.”
Lois Foreman was an independent contractor in demolition who preferred to draw art free-handed, his mother said.
Flug-Presley also leaves behind two children – they are 4 and 11 years old.
“She was an outgoing person, a very good mother, an extraordinary daughter,” Presley said. “She was so lively, she had a good heart, someone who will lift your spirits.”
Deanna Weniger contributed to this report.