A manhunt for suspects was underway in Wisconsin this week after four adults from neighboring Minnesota were found dead inside an SUV in a cornfield over the weekend, according to reports. information.
None of the shooting victims – two men and two women – appear to have a direct connection to Dunn County, Wisconsin, where the bodies were found, the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel reported.
The deaths are being investigated as homicides, according to Minneapolis’ FOX 9.
Those killed were all from the St. Paul area. They have been identified as Nitosha Lee Flug-Presley, 30; Matthieu Isiah Pettus, 26 years old; Loyace Contremaître III, 35 years old; and Jasmine Christine Sturm, 30 years old.
Pettus was Sturm’s half-brother and Foreman was Sturm’s boyfriend, the St. Paul Pioneer Press reported. Flug-Presley was Sturm’s longtime friend, the report adds.
The four of them had been to a bar in St. Paul on Saturday night, then left in a vehicle with someone, the Pioneer Press reported. How they ended up so far east of Saint-Paul is unclear, authorities told the newspaper.
They were shot less than 24 hours before their bodies were found, investigators said, according to Journal-Sentinel.
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“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 at a press conference Tuesday.
“We can’t find any connection to this area other than maybe by randomly exiting the Twin Cities. ”
Investigators also failed to uncover a motive for the murder, which Bygd called a “mystery.” He said it did not appear to be related to drugs or organized crime, according to Journal-Sentinel.
“It’s very unusual for this area,” Bygd said, adding that he had never seen a quadruple homicide before. “Obviously we’ve had homicides over the last few years, but something of this magnitude – I’m working on my 33rd year working for Dunn County, and this is a first. “
The bodies were found about 70 miles northeast of St. Paul, Minnesota, according to FOX 9.
The SUV was driven into a cornfield off a rural road and abandoned before the suspects likely set off in another vehicle, Bygd said, according to the Kansas City Star.
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Pettus’ brother Zach Pettus said Sturm and Foreman had five children together, according to the Minneapolis Star Tribune.