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UPDATE: Three dead in Lafayette County; person of interest in custody


WIOTA TOWNSHIP, Wisc (WSAU-WRN)    Lafayette County authorities have released the names of the three persons who were killed in a triple homicide in eastern Lafayette County over the weekend.

Sheriff Scott Pedley said the victims are 70 year-old Gary Thorsen, his wife, 66 year-old Chloe Thorsen, and brother, 76 year-old Dean Thorsen. The three were found dead Sunday morning, in a home located on Philippine Road. A person of interest in connection with the deaths was taken into custody later Sunday in Waukesha. A blue Ford pickup truck missing from the scene was also recovered.

Thorsen said the man had no connection to the victims.

The in investigation is continuing.


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The Lafayette County Sheriff’s Department says a Sunday morning call led deputies to a home with three dead bodies inside. The caller said there was a dead person inside a home in Wiota Township in a rural area in South Wayne. When deputies went there, they found three people dead.

Authorities later found a “person of interest” in the crime in southeastern Wisconsin. A Ford F-150 pickup truck they were looking for has also been found.

The bodies were discovered at about 10 a.m. Sunday, with the truck and person of interest tracked down several hours later.

Authorities say they arrested a suspect at an apartment complex in Waukesha. The names of the victims are being withheld and authorities are not saying how they died.