Wisconsin Sheriff Calls Quadruple Homicide Case a 'Mystery': 'Everybody's a Suspect'

The motive behind a quadruple homicide in rural Wisconsin is a "mystery," according to authorities, who are still looking for suspects in the case.

Dunn County Sheriff Kevin Bygd provided an update on the investigation in a press conference on Tuesday.

Bygd told reporters that four victims were found by a farmer in the town of Sheridan shortly after 2 p.m. on Sunday. The victims were left in an SUV that was abandoned roughly 50 yards into a standing cornfield.

The victims have been identified as Nitosha Lee Flug-Presley, 30; Matthew Isiah Pettus, 26; Loyace Foreman III, 35; and Jasmine Christine Sturm, 30. Two of the victims were brother and sister and the other two allegedly had been dating. They were all from the Twin Cities area, authorities said.

Autopsies were performed on all four victims on Monday by Ramsey County Medical Examiner's Office. The preliminary examination showed that all the individuals died from gunshot wounds, authorities said.

Bygd told reporters Tuesday that investigators believe the victims were "randomly brought" to the cornfield, and that they had been killed less than 24 hours before their bodies were discovered.

"We believe that the suspect or suspects in this case left the area after abandoning the SUV in the cornfield," he said. "That's why we no longer feel that there is a concern for local residents' safety."

Authorities said they don't believe the suspect or suspects are local residents, but Bygd emphasized that "everybody's a suspect at this point."

"We're looking at everybody and every possibility," he said.

When asked about a possible motive behind the slayings, the sheriff responded: "That one's a mystery."

It's unclear whether organized criminal activity or drugs may have been involved in the incident, the sheriff said, though it didn't appear that drugs were a motive for the crime.

Authorities said a second dark-colored SUV may have been involved in the incident. If anyone has information related to the case, they're asked to contact law enforcement at 715-232-1348.

Newsweek reached out to the Dunn County Sheriff's Office for additional information but didn't receive a response before publication.

The sheriff's office is being assisted by the Dunn County Medical Examiner's Office, the Wisconsin Division of Criminal Investigation, the Wisconsin State Patrol and the Wisconsin Department of Justice crime lab.

Bygd said Tuesday that a quadruple homicide is "highly unusual for this area."

"Obviously, we've had homicides in the last several years. But something of this magnitude, I've been here for, I'm working on my 33rd year working for Dunn County, and this is a first."

Sheriff Calls Quadruple Homicide Case A ‘Mystery’
The motive and suspects behind a quadruple homicide in rural Wisconsin are a “mystery,” according to authorities. In this photo, police tape surrounds an unrelated crime scene on June 23, 2021 in Chicago. Scott Olson/Getty Images