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Names of victims released in Lafayette Co. homicides

SOUTH WAYNE, Wisconsin (WXOW) - The Lafayette County Sheriff's Department has released the names of three people killed Sunday in Wiota Township.
The Lafayette Coroner's Office has identified the victims as Gary Thoreson, 70, Cloe Thoreson, 66, and Dean Thoreson, 76, of South Wayne.
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.

Authorities say they have found a person of interest in connection with the triple homicide.


SOUTH WAYNE, Wisconsin (WXOW) -- The Lafayette County Sheriff said Sunday officials have found the suspect believed to be connected to a triple homicide investigation.

Authorities had been looking for a blue 1998 Ford F10 pickup truck registered to one of the victims.

Sheriff Scott Pedley said officers have made contact with the person of interest in the case. His name has not been released, but Pedley said the suspect did not personally know the victims. 

Authorities also said the public is not in danger. 

Our Milwaukee affiliate, WISN-TV, reported the missing truck was found in the parking lot of an apartment building in Waukesha.

Waukesha Police Lt. Tom Wagner confirmed to the Waukesha Patch that a person apprehended by city police and the state Department of Criminal Investigation was the suspect in the murders in Lafayette County. 

The three victims' names have not been released. They have not yet been positively identified.

The Wisconsin Division of Criminal Investigation is assisting Lafayette County at the scene.


SOUTH WAYNE (WKOW) -- Lafayette County officials are investigating a triple homicide in rural South Wayne.

Sheriff Scott Pedley says in a press release that Sunday morning deputies responded to a home on Phillipine Road in the town of Wiota, in rural South Wayne. A family member had found a person dead inside the home.

When deputies responded, they found two other people inside the residence who were also dead.

Pedley says they do have a suspect in this case who is believed to be in southeastern Wisconsin. Officials are looking for a 1998 Ford F150 blue pickup truck with a blue topper. The license plate is 220489F, registered to one of the victims.

Anyone with information is asked to call 911. The suspect is believed to be very dangerous.

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