UPDATE: Suspect in deaths of 4 found in SUV surrenders in Arizona

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FRIDAY 9/17/2021 6:30 p.m.

MENOMONIE, Wis. (AP) — A suspect in the shooting deaths of four Minnesotans who were found in an abandoned SUV in Wisconsin surrendered to authorities in Arizona on Friday.

Dunn County Sheriff Kevin Bygd said in a statement that Antoine Darnique Suggs, 38, turned himself into police in Gilbert, Arizona, a Phoenix suburb. He said Suggs had been living in the Phoenix area recently before traveling to Minnesota in the last couple of weeks.

Bygd said investigators don’t know how Suggs traveled back to Arizona. He said they have not interviewed Suggs, so they had no new information to release on a potential motive. The sheriff said Suggs will be held in the Maricopa County Jail in Phoenix while awaiting extradition to Wisconsin.

Authorities said Thursday that Suggs was spotted meeting with one of the victims at a Minnesota bar the night before their bodies were found.

The other suspect, Darren Lee McWright, 56, from St. Paul, Minnesota, was being held in the Ramsey County Jail in St. Paul.

A complaint filed Thursday against McWright, who’s charged in Dunn County with four counts of hiding a corpse, said witnesses told police they saw Suggs late Saturday evening in the White Squirrel Bar in St. Paul with one of the victims, Nitosha Lee Flug-Presley, 30, of Stillwater, Minnesota.

A farmer discovered the bodies of Flug-Presley and three St. Paul residents with connections to her on Sunday in his Dunn County cornfield, about 60 miles (97 kilometers) to the east. All four had suffered gunshot wounds, authorities said.

McWright is the biological father of Suggs’ brother, according to the complaint.

UPDATE: Witnesses: Suspect in slayings of 4 met victim at bar

THURSDAY 9/16/2021 6:40 p.m.

MENOMONIE, Wis. (AP) — Authorities say one of two men suspected in the shooting deaths of four people found in an abandoned SUV in Wisconsin was spotted meeting with one of the victims the night before at a Minnesota bar.

Darren Lee McWright, from St. Paul, Minnesota was arrested Thursday on a warrant from Dunn County, Wisconsin. A warrant is out for the other suspect, Antoine Darnique Suggs.

A complaint filed against McWright, who’s charged in Dunn County with four counts of hiding a corpse, says witnesses told police they saw Suggs late Saturday evening in the White Squirrel Bar in St. Paul with Nitosha Lee Flug-Presley, one of four victims.

The complaint said that Flug-Presley’s aunt stated that her niece had a “thing” with Suggs and he would fly in from Arizona to see her.

UPDATE: Few answers in deaths of 4 Minnesotans found in Wisconsin

WEDNESDAY 9/15/2021 2:45 p.m.

MENOMONIE, Wis. (AP) — Investigators are reviewing bridge and highway cameras as they try to figure out who killed four Minnesota residents whose bodies were found in an SUV abandoned in Wisconsin.

Family members say the two men and two women had been together at a St. Paul, Minnesota, bar on Saturday night.

A farmer discovered the bodies in the SUV in his Dunn County field Sunday. The field is about 60 miles east of St. Paul.

Authorities say all four had suffered gunshot wounds. Dunn County Sheriff Kevin Bygd says there are no preliminary indications that the homicides involved drugs or organized criminal activity.

UPDATE: Victims found shot inside SUV identified, no arrests made

TUESDAY 9/14/2021 2:38 p.m.

MENOMONIE, Wis. (AP) — Authorities say four people found slain in an abandoned SUV in a western Wisconsin cornfield had been shot and were all from Minnesota.

Dunn County sheriff’s officials said Tuesday autopsies showed the two men and two women died of gunshot wounds. The victims were identified as Matthew Isiah Pettus, 26, Loyace Foremann III, 35, and Jasmine Christine Sturm, 30, all from St. Paul, and Nitosha Lee Flug-Presley, 30, from Stillwater.

A 911 caller alerted deputies Sunday to the black SUV that was off a rural road in the Town of Sheridan. No arrests have been announced.

Authorities: 4 found slain in SUV in Wisconsin cornfield

TUESDAY 9/14/202, 8:55 a.m.

MENOMONIE, Wis. (AP) — Authorities say four people have been found slain in an SUV with Minnesota license plates that was abandoned in a western Wisconsin cornfield.

The Dunn County Sheriff’s Office says a 911 caller on Sunday alerted deputies to the black SUV off a rural road in the Town of Sheridan. Authorities have not disclosed why they think the four are homicide victims, who they are and where they are from.

There was also mention of a possible second dark-colored SUV that was traveling with the black SUV.

Sheriff’s officials in a Facebook post, say the victims do not appear to have any connection to the area. Authorities say they do not think there is any present danger to the local area.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Dunn County Sheriff’s Office at 715-232-1348.

No arrests have been announced.

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