Four people found dead in an abandoned SUV in a West Corner area of Wisconsin had been shot and were all from Minnesota, authorities said Tuesday about a case they described as a mystery.
Preliminary results of autopsies performed Monday by the Ramsey County Medical Examiner’s Office showed that the two men and two women all died of gunshot wounds, the Dunn County Sheriff’s Office said.
The victims were identified as Matthew Isiah Pettus, 26, Loyace Foremann III, 35, and Jasmine Christine Sturm, 30, all from St. Louis. Paul; and Nitosha Lee Flug-Presley, 30, of Stillwater.
Dunn County Sheriff Kevin Bygd said during a news conference Tuesday that authorities do not believe the person or persons responsible for the killings are local or still in the area. He said investigators have no motive.
“One is a mystery,” he said.
Authorities believe the four residents of the Twin Cities area died less than 24 hours from the time they were found and the location “was a place these victims were randomly brought,” Bygd said.
“Everyone is a suspect at this point,” he said. “We are looking at all possibilities.”
Plug-Presley’s father, Damone Presley Sr., told St. Paul Pioneer Press that the four victims were on a St. Paul-bar Saturday night and they got in someone’s car when they left.
“Why should this happen?” he said Tuesday. “… It just does not make sense.”
A 911 call alerted deputies Sunday about the black SUV that was on a country road in the town of Sheridan, according to the Dunn County Sheriff’s Office.
Sheriff’s officials said earlier that there may have been another dark-colored SUV driving with the vehicle that was abandoned.
The Wisconsin Division of Criminal Investigation and the Wisconsin State Patrol are assisting in the investigation.