It was a day of mixed emotions for the families of the four Minnesotans found shot to death and left in a car in a western Wisconsin cornfield, after the police finally arrest the suspect.
The victims are as follows:
- Nitosha Lee Flug-Presley, female, 30 years old of Stillwater, MN
- Matthew Isiah Pettus, male, 26 years old of Saint Paul, MN
- Loyace Foreman III, male, 35 years old of Saint Paul, MN
- Jasmine Christine Sturm, female, 30 years old of Saint Paul, MN
“We’re very grateful and we’re still processing. I think everything has been happening so fast,” said Ashli Jones whose brother, 35-year-old Loyace Foreman III was one of the four killed.
The victims’ bodies were found by a farmer in a cornfield on Sept. 12 just outside of the Town of Sheridan in Dunn County, roughly 60 miles (97 kilometers) east of St. Paul. Authorities said all four had been shot.
A Wisconsin farmer was chopping corn fifty feet in from the edge of his field Sunday morning when he came across an SUV full of Minnesota bodies.
That’s when he stopped and called the Sheriff. The autopsies are already in, but more than one troubling mystery remains.
Autopsies on the bodies of all four victims revealed the obvious cause of death as gunshot wounds.
Zach Pettus relates, “This is a freak thing that never should have happened. We knew something was wrong when [Sturm] didn’t respond to our messages. We have an idea who did it, but I don’t know if I should say something now.”
Their friends and family never expected them to end up dead in a cornfield as they waved goodbye as they go out partying Saturday night.
The FBI is assisting on the investigation which will likely involve both states if the murder is determined to have happened in Minnesota, where they all lived.
The remote cornfield in Wisconsin seems like nothing more than a randomly convenient spot to dump the bodies but that raises even more questions. The killer would have had a long walk out unless he made arrangements ahead of time.
Sheriff Bygd admits this is a new one for him. “It’s highly unusual for this area. Obviously, we’ve had homicides in the last several years, but something of this magnitude? [I’m] working on my 33rd year working for Dunn County, and this is a first.”
The bodies have no apparent connection to where they were found. “We can’t find any connection to this area other than possibly randomly driving out of the Twin Cities.” And abandoning the car full of victims.
The night before the bodies were discovered, the group had been “together at a bar in St. Paul.” Flug-Presley’s dad says “they left with someone just hours before turning up dead.”
According to Damone Presley Sr., “the group had left the bar together and gotten into somebody else’s vehicle.” That’s it. “That is the mystery. Hopefully, through the investigation, we’ll get that answered. The whole thing just doesn’t make sense.” Several children were left without parents.
Another thing that does not make sense is that the vehicle they drove off in is not the one found full of bodies in the field. They aren’t saying much but what the Sheriff did say has everyone curious.
Between local and federal authorities, they “believe the people responsible for the killing left the scene in another vehicle, which is believed to be a dark-colored SUV.” They have reason not to believe the killer was from the area.
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