NEW INFORMATION: Suspect in Wis. triple homicide made scene earlier

By: AP Email
By: AP Email

WAUKESHA, Wis. (AP) -- Animal-shelter officials in Waukesha say a local man being held in connection with a triple homicide in Lafayette County made a scene a few days earlier when he demanded that a dead dog he dropped off two weeks ago be returned to him alive.

Lynn Olenik is the executive director of the Humane Animal Welfare Society of Waukesha County. She says the 31-year-old suspect came in a few weeks ago with a clearly dead dog.

She says he returned Thursday asking for the live dog back. She says he didn't seem to understand the dog was dead, and he screamed that the staff members would pay for the dog with their lives. Police took him away in handcuffs.

A message left Wednesday with his public defender was not immediately returned.
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SOUTH WAYNE, Wis. (AP) -- The Waukesha man held in connection with a triple homicide in Lafayette County might not be charged until next week, as investigators say they're still sifting through a large volume of evidence.

The suspect has been jailed in Lafayette County since early Monday. Sheriff' Scott Pedley says the 31-year-old is being held on three tentative charges of first-degree intentional homicide.

Pedley says a judge conducted a review within the first 48 hours of the man's detention and ruled that he could continue to be held.

On Sunday the bodies of 70-year-old Gary Thoreson, his 66-year-old wife, Chloe Thoreson, and his 76-year-old brother, Dean Thoreson were found in a South Wayne home.

A message left Wednesday with the suspect's public defender, Guy Taylor, was not immediately returned.
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DARLINGTON, Wis. (AP) -- The church attended by three slain family members in Lafayette County is planning a prayer vigil in the wake of their deaths.

Wiota Lutheran Church Pastor Luke Smetters says a service will be held Wednesday at 7 p.m. Smetters said Tuesday that it's important for the community of faith to come together in "times like this."

Smetters says Gary, Chloe and Dean Thoreson were active members of the church. Their bodies were found Sunday in a home in South Wayne. A Waukesha man wanted in connection with their homicides remains jailed in Lafayette County.

Smetters says the family of the victims is "shocked, devastated and raw as they are filled with utter sadness."
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SOUTH WAYNE, Wis. (WEAU)-Deputies have identified the man being held in connection to a triple murder in Southwestern Wisconsin. Jaren Kuester is being held in the Lafayette County jail.

Deputies say the bodies of 70-year-old Gary Thoreson, his 66-year-old wife, Cloe Thoreson, and his 76-year-old brother, Dean Thoreson, were found Sunday.

Kuester was wanted for questioning in the homicides and was taken into custody.

Deputies haven't yet said how the victims died or a possible motive.
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SOUTH WAYNE, Wis. (AP) -- The man arrested by police in Waukesha for a triple homicide in Layfayette County has been turned over to sheriff's deputies in that jurisdiction.

Waukesha Police Lt. Tom Wagner says the man was arrested Sunday afternoon without incident and detained until he could be turned over to Lafayette County. Wagner says the man is wanted for questioning in the deaths of three people found in a house near South Wayne earlier Sunday.

Layfayette County Sheriff Scott Pedley tells WKOW-TV the man apparently didn't know the victims.

The sheriff's department issued an alert for a missing pickup truck registered to one of the victims. The pickup was found at an apartment building in Waukesha and the man was arrested.

Officials haven't yet released the identities of the victims, how they died or a possible motive.
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SOUTH WAYNE, Wis. (AP) -- Southern Wisconsin authorities say they have found a person of interest in connection with a triple homicide.

Lafayette County Sheriff Scott Pedley says the danger to the community is over.

Pedley says his office got a call Sunday morning after a family member found a dead person in a house in Wiota Township, near rural South Wayne. Deputies arrived to find two more bodies in the house, and a truck registered to one of the victims was gone.

Pedley says the names of the three victims are being withheld until they can be positively identified.

Authorities are still investigating.
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SOUTH WAYNE, Wis. (AP) -- Three people have been found dead in a southern Wisconsin home, and authorities say they are looking for a suspect who they believe to be dangerous.

Lafayette County Sheriff Scott Pedley says his office got a call Sunday morning about a dead person inside a home in Wiota Township, in rural South Wayne. Authorities went to the house and found two more dead people inside.

Pedley says his office is now investigating a triple homicide, and authorities are looking for a suspect who may have traveled to southeastern Wisconsin.

Authorities are seeking a blue 1998 Ford F150 pickup truck with a blue topper, and Wisconsin license plate number of 220489F. The pickup truck is registered to one of the victims. Anyone who sees the truck is asked to call authorities.


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