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Wisconsin sheriff: Motive a mystery in killings of 4 Minnesotans found in abandoned SUV

Sep 15, 2021 05:57AM ● By Editor
Sheriff Kevin Bygd speaks during a press conference addressing the discovery of four Twin Cities residents found shot to death in an abandoned SUV in rural Dunn County, Wis.  Photo: Matt Sepic | MPR News

By Matt Sepic of Minnesota Public Radio News - September 14, 2021

Four Twin Cities residents found shot to death in an abandoned SUV in rural Dunn County, Wis., have no apparent ties to the county, and authorities don’t believe the person or people who did the killings are local or still in the area, Sheriff Kevin Bygd told reporters Tuesday afternoon.

Asked about a motive, he said, “That one is a mystery. No, we do not know a motive yet.”

The victims are Nitosha Lee Flug-Presley, 30, of Stillwater; Matthew Isiah Pettus, 26, of St. Paul; Loyace Foreman III, 35, of St. Paul; and Jasmine Christine Sturm, 30, of St. Paul. The Ramsey County Medical Examiner said they all died from gunshot wounds.

The vehicle and bodies were found by a farmer in Sheridan Township about 50 yards into a cornfield alongside a rural road around 2:30 p.m. Sunday. 

Bygd said that two of the victims were a brother and sister and that another was the boyfriend of one of the victims. He wasn’t more specific. He guessed the bodies were discovered within 24 hours of the victims being killed.

“We’re confident that this was the place where these victims were randomly brought,” he added.

Siblings Pettus and Sturm worked at Shamrocks in St. Paul, according to manager Katie Schille. 

Schille said Pettus started working there a week ago, but Sturm was employed at the bar and restaurant for a year.

"Jasmine was extremely fun-loving. She would come in with a positive attitude, ready to go for her shift. She was fun to work alongside of, she always was talking about her baby boys. She was a great mom," Schille said. 

The Dunn County sheriff said he believes the shooter or shooters left the area in a vehicle. Authorities are collecting highway and bridge camera video now seeking clues. “Everybody’s a suspect at this point,” he said. “We’re looking at everybody and every possibility.”

To see the original report and read related stories, follow this link to the MPR News website.

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