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Police: 4 victims were killed in Minnesota before bodies were left in western Wisconsin field

Paul Walsh, Star Tribune on

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MINNEAPOLIS — The killings of four people whose bodies were found last week in a bloodied SUV in a western Wisconsin farm field occurred in St. Paul and not where the discovery was made, authorities said Monday.

The St. Paul Police Department is now the lead agency into the investigation into the deaths of Matthew Pettus, 26, and half-sister Jasmine C. Sturm, 30, both of St. Paul, Sturm's boyfriend, 35-year-old Loyace Foreman III, also of St. Paul, and 30-year-old Nitosha Flug-Presley of Stillwater, a close friend of Sturm's.

All four were found by a farmer inside an abandoned black Mercedes SUV in a cornfield on Sept. 12 just outside the Town of Sheridan in Dunn County, roughly 60 miles east of St. Paul.

As more about the four deaths surfaces, a significant question in connection with the city's largest mass killing in nearly a quarter-century remains a mystery: Why?

"We still got an active investigation, and I'm not certain that an exact motive has been determined yet," said St. Paul police spokesman Steve Linders.

St. Paul police last Wednesday arrested 56-year-old Darren McWright, of St. Paul, who also goes by the last name Osborne, in connection to the deaths. He's currently being held in the Ramsey County jail on several outstanding warrants, including at least one out of Dunn County.

 

On Friday, McWright's son, Antoine D. Suggs, 38, of Scottsdale, Arizona, turned himself in to Gilbert, Arizona, police after investigators announced he was wanted for questioning. He remains jailed in Arizona, awaiting extradition.

"After gathering evidence and information about what happened before and after the bodies were discovered, investigators concluded the killings occurred in Minnesota," specifically St. Paul, the city's Police Department announced.

There have been no descriptions yet of who shot the victims or where the shootings took place other than in St. Paul, but authorities said in court documents that Suggs was seen at a St. Paul bar with Flug-Presley and two of her friends hours before they were found dead along with a fourth victim.

The Ramsey County attorney's office said cases have yet to be forwarded for possible charges. However, criminal complaints filed Wednesday against McWright and Suggs on "hiding a corpse" charges that spell out some of the events leading up to the killings and how authorities caught up to the defendants:

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