TOWN OF SHERIDAN — Four people have been found murdered in a corn field in the Town of Sheridan.
The victims have been identified as Nitosha Lee Flug-Presley, female, age 30, of Stillwater, Minn.; Matthew Isiah Pettus, male, age 26, of Saint Paul, Minn.; Loyace Foreman III, male, age 35, of St. Paul, Minn.; and Jasmine Christine Sturm, female, age 30, of St. Paul, Minn.
According to a news release from the Dunn County Sheriff’s Department issued Tuesday afternoon, September 14, autopsies were performed on Monday by the Ramsey County Medical Examiner’s Office, and the preliminary autopsy results show that all four victims died from gunshot wounds.
The Dunn County Sheriff’s Department “is working hard on a thorough investigation with many other agencies to bring a swift end to this investigation to insure justice is served for these four victims as soon as possible,” the news release states.
“Our hearts go out to the family and friends of these victims. I wish we could release more details of our investigation but we have to balance the public’s desire to know the details with running the risk of harming our investigation and losing evidence for building a good homicide case,” said Sheriff Kevin Bygd.
According to a news release from the Dunn County Sheriff’s Department issued Monday evening, at shortly after 2 p.m. Sunday, September 12, the Dunn County Emergency Communications Center received a 911 call reporting a death in the Town of Sheridan.
The homicide victims were found in an abandoned black SUV that had been driven into a standing field of corn, and the victims do not appear to have any connection to the area, the Monday evening news release states.
According to a news release issued earlier in the day on Monday, the sheriff’s department was requesting any information about someone walking in the Town of Sheridan or going to residences, asking for a ride, early Sunday morning or late Saturday night.
The earlier news release also asked residents in the Town of Sheridan to secure their doors and to be aware of their surroundings.
After learning more in the course of the investigation, the Dunn County Sheriff’s Department does not believe there is any present danger to members of the public who are in the area.
Anyone who may have information that could be related to this incident or who may have seen a black SUV with Minnesota license plates in the area is asked to contact the Dunn County Sheriff’s Department at 715-232-1348.
A second dark-colored SUV may have been traveling with the black SUV and may be related to the murders, the news release notes.
The Dunn County Medical Examiner’s Office, the Wisconsin Division of Criminal Investigations, the Wisconsin State Patrol and the Wisconsin Department of Justice crime lab are assisting the Dunn County Sheriff’s Department in the investigation.
The Dunn County Sheriff’s Department held a news conference at the Dunn County Judicial Center at 4 p.m. Tuesday.