Investigators examine cameras from bridges and freeways as they attempt to uncover who killed four Minnesota residents whose bodies were found in an abandoned SUV in Wisconsin
Family members say the two men and two women were together at a bar on Saturday night in St. Paul, Minnesota. A farmer discovered the bodies on Sunday in his Dunn County cornfield, about 60 miles east, on Sunday. All four were shot and wounded, authorities said.
Dunn County Sheriff Kevin Bygd said investigators believed the victims “were randomly brought” into the area and someone intentionally drove the SUV off the road and into the big corn in the area. city of Sheridan. He said the victims had no known connection to Dunn County.
Bygd said on Tuesday that investigators were trying to determine a motive, but that there was no preliminary indication that the killings involved drugs or organized criminal activity.
The victims were Nitosha Lee Flug-Presley, 30, of Stillwater; her longtime friend, Jasmine Christine Sturm, 30, of St. Paul; Sturm’s brother, Matthew Isiah Pettus, 26, of St. Paul; and Sturm’s boyfriend, Loyace Foreman III, 35, of St. Paul.
Pettus worked at the Shamrocks bar and restaurant in St. Paul, where his sister was also a longtime waiter, his brother, Zake Pettus, said.
The FBI field office in Minneapolis is helping the sheriff’s office, FBI spokesman Kevin Smith said.