Arrest Made in Slayings of Four Friends Found Fatally Shot in Cornfield, Suspect’s Son at Large: Reports

On Thursday, authorities arrested a Minnesota man in connection with the fatal shootings of four friends who were found fatally shot in an abandoned SUV in Wisconsin on Sunday.

Darren McWright, 56, (who also uses the alias surname Osborne) was initially jailed in Ramsey County, Minnesota, on charges of disorderly conduct, two counts of assault, DWI, and felony fugitive from justice. Dunn County, Wisconsin, police are also seeking Antoine Suggs, 38 —who Damone Presley Sr., the father of one of the victims, identified to the Star Tribune as McWright’s son.

The Pioneer Press reported that McWright is charged with four counts of hiding a corpse, as a party to a crime. Suggs’ warrant reportedly lists the same offense. The news outlet noted that the batch of charges McWright was initially jailed for on Thursday pertained to unrelated cases from 2017, 2020, and this year.

[Image: Darren McWright, Antoine Suggs/Dunn County Sheriff’s Office]
On Sunday, a farmer reportedly discovered the bodies of siblings Matthew Isiah Pettus, 26, and Jasmine Christine Sturm, 30, in addition to Nitosha Flug-Presley, 30, and Loyace Foreman III, 35, in an abandoned SUV in a cornfield in Sheridan. All four victims are from Minnesota, and they were at a bar in St. Paul the night before their bodies were found.

The Pioneer Press reported that all four victims suffered at least one gunshot wound to the head.

As CrimeOnline previously reported, Dunn County police believe the victims were killed less than 24 hours before they were located, and that they have no connection to the county they were found in. Authorities also thought the suspects are from another area and that they fled in an unknown vehicle.

Presley Sr. told the Star Tribune that he has known McWright since childhood, and Suggs had hung around his slain daughter.

Despite McWright’s arrest, Dunn County Sheriff Kevin Bygd said on Thursday that the motive is “still quite a mystery.” However, he previously stated there is no indication that drugs or organized crime were involved in the quadruple murder.

Suggs remains at large. He is considered armed and dangerous.

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[Featured image: Nitosha Lee Flug-Presley, Jasmine Christine Sturm, Loyace Foreman III, and Matthew Isiah Pettus/Handout]