Four people found dead in western Wisconsin were killed in St. Paul
ST. PAUL, Minn. (WEAU) - Four people who were found shot to death in rural western Wisconsin on September 12 were killed in St. Paul, Minn.
The St. Paul Police Department posted on Monday that investigators determined that Jasmine Christine Sturm, Matthew Isiah Pettus, Nitosha Lee Flug-Presley and Loyace Foreman III were murdered in Minnesota before being taken across state lines and abandoned in an SUV in a corn field in northern Dunn County, Wis., or about 55 miles northeast of St. Paul.
Additionally, because the murders took place in St. Paul, the St. Paul Police Department is taking the lead role into the quadruple homicide investigation.
Two suspects are in custody in connection to the case. On September 15, St. Paul Police took 56-year-old Darren McWright, who also uses the last name Osborne, into custody. He’s being held in the Ramsey County Law Enforcement Center. On September 17, his son, 38-year-old Antoine Suggs, turned himself in to police in Gilbert, Ariz. and remains in jail awaiting extradition.
St. Paul Chief of Police Todd Axtell said he spent the weekend mourning the victims.
“We have four young lives—with all of their promise—erased,” Axtell said. “We have families left with only memories. And we have an entire community in search of answers.”
Axtell praised the work of investigators across numerous departments in multiple states on the case, including the Dunn County Sheriff’s Department, who initially had the lead on the homicide investigation and will continue to assist the St. Paul Police Department until the case is closed. Other agencies working on the case include the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives.
According to St. Paul Police, the four killed are the 24th, 25th, 26th, and 27th homicide victims in the city this year. No details on what lead to the shootings has been released by law enforcement as the investigation continues.
The four victims were found dead by gunshot wounds in an abandoned SUV near the Town of Sheridan town hall in a standing corn field on September 12. A vigil was held in the Town of Sheridan on September 15 near where the bodies were found for the victims.
During the investigation, Dunn County Sheriff Kevin Bygd said from the start that it didn’t appear to be a case that involved anyone from the area, and that the location that the bodies were left at was one chosen randomly driving out of the Twin Cities. Bygd added that he had never seen a case like this in his 33 years working in Dunn County. A preliminary autopsy report said that all four people died from gunshot wounds.
Anyone with information is asked to contact the St. Paul Police Department at 651-266-5650.
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