A mystery began Sunday when authorities found a black SUV with four homicide victims inside it in western Wisconsin. The SUV had Minnesota license plates.
On Tuesday, St. Paul police said they would be assisting the Dunn County Sheriff's Office in the investigation. Police said they were alerted on Sunday afternoon by a 911 caller who said the SUV was abandoned in a standing cornfield off a rural road in the Town of Sheridan.
The Dunn County Sheriff Kevin Bygd has released the names of the four victims found in the “abandoned SUV” in Sheridan Township. The victims are all from Minnesota, two male and two female.
Nitosha Lee Flug-Presley, 30-years old of Stillwater, Matthew Isiah Pettus, 26-years old of Saint Paul, Loyace Foreman III, 35-years old of Saint Paul and Jasmine Christine Sturm, 30-years old of Saint Paul.
Autopsies were performed on all four victims on Monday by the Ramsey County Medical Examiner’s Office and the preliminary examination shows that all four victims died from gunshot wounds.
The Dunn County Sheriff’s Office is continuing to lead the investigation but are being assisted by St. Paul Police along with “many other agencies” according to the Dunn County Sheriff’s office.
“Our hearts go out to the family and friends of these victims,” said Sheriff Kevin Bygd. “I wish we could release more details of our investigation but we have to balance the public’s desire to know the details with running the risk of harming our investigation and losing evidence for building a good homicide case.”
A press conference is scheduled for 4:00p.m. Tuesday in Menomonie, WI.
Steve Linders, a spokesman for the St. Paul Police, shared with the Star Tribune that "our homicide unit investigators are providing assistance when requested." Linders did not say anything about the deaths and their connection to St. Paul.
The discovery of the four victims was announced by the sheriff's office on Monday night, more than 30 hours later. The office posted the information on Facebook, sharing that there was possibly a second dark-colored SUV traveling with the abandoned vehicle.
Other agencies involved in the investigation include the County Medical Examiner's Office, the Wisconsin Division of Criminal Investigation, the Wisconsin State Patrol, and the Wisconsin Department of Justice crime lab, the sheriff's office said in their Facebook post.
At the moment, there have not been any arrests, but the Dunn County Sheriff's Office is requesting that anyone with information call 715-232-1348.