Authorities are hunting a killer or killers after a mysterious quadruple murder left four bodies inside an SUV sitting in a Wisconsin cornfield over the weekend.
On Tuesday, the Dunn County Sheriff’s Office announced the four corpses had been found in a vehicle that had been driven about 50 yards into the cornfield, near the small town of Sheridan, Wisconsin. Emergency dispatchers were initially tipped off to the discovery around 2:18 p.m. on Sept. 12, according to KSTP-TV.
Nitosha Lee Flug-Presley, 30, Matthew Isiah Pettus, 26, Loyace Foreman III, 35, and Jasmine Christine Sturm, 30, were identified as the victims. All four of the deceased are from the St. Paul area. According to preliminary autopsies, Flug-Presley, Pettus, Foreman, and Sturm were all killed from gunshot wounds. Their deaths are being investigated as active homicides, authorities said.
As of Wednesday, no arrests had been made in the case, nor had any possible suspects been identified. A motive in the killings hasn’t been released by authorities.
All of the victims, who knew each other, had been shot within the past day, investigators said. Flug-Presley, Pettus, Foreman, Sturm had been socializing at a bar in St. Paul prior to the suspected slayings. It’s unknown how the four wound up across the state line.
“We can’t find any connection to this area other than possibly randomly driving out of the Twin Cities,” Dunn County Sheriff Kevin Bygd told the media during a press briefing on Tuesday. “It’s highly unusual for this area…We can’t suspect somebody locally of randomly killing four people from the Twin Cities.”
Law enforcement veterans are now looking to piece together how Flug-Presley, Pettus, Foreman, and Sturm wound up 65 miles away from where they’d last been seen.
“Obviously we’ve had homicides in the last several years, but something of this magnitude — working on my 33rd year working for Dunn County, and this is a first,” Bygd said.
The Dunn County Sheriff said detectives are analyzing surveillance footage from nearby bridges and were also combing through a list of acquaintances, friends, and others connected to the four slain individuals.
“Everybody’s a suspect at this point,” Bygd added.
Family members of some of the victims are now praying for some light to be shed on the case.
“That is the mystery,” Damone Presley Sr., Flug-Presley’s father, told the St. Paul Pioneer Press. “Hopefully, through the investigation, we’ll get that answered.”
The Minnesota branch of the FBI is assisting local authorities with the ongoing investigation. No further information was released by law enforcement.
“Why would this happen?” Presley added. “It just doesn’t make sense.”
He described his daughter as exceptional.
“She was very vibrant, she had a good heart, someone who would lift up your spirits,” he said.
Flug-Presley leaves behind two children, aged four and 11, according to relatives.
“My daughter would be the last person that anybody would want to harm,” Presley also told KSTP-TV. “She was daddy’s little girl.”
The grieving father is now demanding answers.
“He’s angry, I’m angry for him,” said activist KG Wilson, a longtime friend of Presley. “We don’t know how it happened, what happened, who it was, but whoever it was, we want justice. And we want that individual, that type of monster, off the street as soon as possible.”
According to reports, all four victims had families. Loyace Foreman was described as a “devoted father to two amazing sons,” according to the newspaper.
“He was a doting uncle to his four nieces and nephews,” his mother Jessica said. “He was the protector of his three sisters. He was not perfect and we loved him unconditionally. He left an unfillable void.”