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Sheriff’s office identifies victim, three arrested in Dunn County homicide investigation

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Ashley Gunder
Ryan Steinhoff
Chad Turgeson

DUNN COUNTY (WQOW) - The Dunn County Sheriff's Office has released the names of three people arrested in connection to a homicide investigation that started last Tuesday, as well as the victim.

Ryan Steinhoff, 37, Chad Turgeson, 37 and Ashley Gunder, 24 have all been taken into custody on charges of first degree intentional homicide and as party to the crime.

Steinhoff and Gunder also have been charged with multiple counts of bail jumping.

It comes after Dunn County sheriff's deputies responded to a residence in the Town of Dunn to check on the welfare of a man on Nov. 17. When authorities arrived they found an adult white man dead in the home. At the time the identity of the victim was unknown.

The person who initially made the call to law enforcement lived at that home, and claimed that the three suspects had broken in while he was away. When he came home, one of the suspects told him not to go down a hallway, and he heard people were looking for Turgeson because of a "hot dose," which are drugs that are injected and intended to cause an overdose.

The caller added that Turgeson made comments about "teaching a guy a lesson."

Gunder was arrested at that residence after deputies arrived. Steinhoff and Turgeson were arrested at a motel later that day.

After an autopsy, the victim was identified as Bruce McGuigan, 37, of Hayward. His cause of death was determined to be multiple blunt force injuries. The autopsy also showed that McGuigan was stabbed twice.

According to the suspects' criminal complaints, McGuigan was allegedly beaten over the course of several hours before his death. Investigators also collected what were believed to be weapons used at the scene, including a hammer, knives and a wooden table leg.

In interviews with law enforcement, authorities determined that McGuigan was picked up in Hayward on Nov. 15 and taken to Menomonie. All three suspects confirmed that he was alive when he was taken to the residence he would later die in.

According to the Dunn County Sheriff's Office, McGuigan was known by at least one of the suspects, and the incident was not random in nature.

The three suspects are being held at the Dunn County Jail.

The incident is still under investigation. The sheriff's office asks anyone with information to call Crime Stoppers at 1-855-TIP-DUNN or investigators at 715-232-1348.

Mary Pautsch

Mary came to News 18 in July 2019 from Sioux City, Iowa where she graduated from Morningside College with a BA in Spanish after attending Iowa State University for 3 years.

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