The identities of four people found dead in an SUV parked in a Wisconsin cornfield have been made public by authorities.
The four deceased victims were named Nitosha Lee Flung-Presley, 30; Matthieu Isiah Pettus, 26 years old; Loyace Contremaître III, 35 years old; and Jasmine Christine Strum, 30 years old. According to the Ramsey County Medical Examiner’s Office in Minnesota, all four victims died of gunshot wounds.
They were found on September 12 by a man who spotted the car parked about 50 meters away in a cornfield. He told News 18 he saw the bodies after looking inside the car. Police say they received a call about this at around 2 p.m.
Deaths are treated as homicides by investigators. Many organizations, local and state, are involved, according to local police. These include the Dunn County Medical Examiner’s Office, the Wisconsin State Patrol, the Wisconsin Criminal Investigations Division, and the Wisconsin Department of Justice Criminal Lab.
According to the Minneapolis Star Tribune, Pettus was the half-brother of Sturm, who was in a relationship with Foreman. Lee-Presley is said to be a close friend of Sturm.
All of the victims lived in neighboring Minnesota. Flug-Presley is said to be from Stillwater. The other victims resided in St Paul, about 80 kilometers from Sheridan. It is not yet clear how and why they arrived in the Dunn County area.
Friends and family of the victims, in an appeal to Pioneer press, begged anyone to provide information.
Damon Flug-Presley Sr, Flug-Presley’s father said he had been with them the entire previous evening.
“Why would this happen? He said at the exit. “It just doesn’t make sense.”
Local authorities said they could not find any information on how the four ended up in Sheridan.
“We can’t find any connection to this area other than maybe by randomly walking out of the Twin Cities,” Dunn County Sheriff Kevin Bygd said Sept. 14.
Earlier in the investigation, the Dunn County Sheriff’s Office issued a statement urging nearby residents to remain cautious. However, in a subsequent statement, they said there was little danger to the community after concluding that the four victims had no connection to the city.
In addition, law enforcement struggled to establish the potential motives for their deaths.
“This one is a mystery. We don’t know a pattern yet, ”Sheriff Bygd told a reporter at the press conference.
He went on to say he had a “very high degree of certainty” that any potential suspect had already left the county. He ruled out that the suspects were local in the area as the victims had no known connection to the area.
No arrests have been made in connection with the deaths, Sheriff Bygd confirmed.
He said he had never worked on a four-victim murder investigation in Dunn County during his more than three-decade police career in the department.
“It’s very unusual for the region. Obviously we’ve had homicides over the past few years, but something of this magnitude, I’m working on my 33rd year working for Dunn County and this is a first, ”Sheriff Bygd told reporters.
Sheriff Bygd said his department received advice about a person walking in the area on Sunday, but it could not be corroborated.
He also said authorities were looking for a potential second vehicle, believed to be a green SUV, which may have been involved in the incident.
They are calling on anyone with information to come forward and contact them at 715-232-1348.
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