Suspect in triple homicides said he killed victims with fireplace poker

CREATED May 7, 2013 - UPDATED: May 7, 2013

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  • Jaren M. Kuester, 31, of Waukesha, was being detained at the Lafayette County Jail in connection with the triple homicide, Lafayette County Sheriff Scott E. Pedley said Monday. Image by Lafayette County Jail

WIOTA - A criminal complaint is giving more insight into what happened during a triple murder in Lafayette County.

On Saturday, Apr. 27, Rose Thoreson called the Lafayette County Sheriff's Department to report her husband, Dean, was missing. She says she had last seen him around 2 or 2:30 p.m. that day. She said he would regularly check in on Gary and Chloe's house while they were out of town.

Rose Thoreson called Everett Thoreson to say he was missing, and he told Gary and Chloe Thoreson had arrived home from their out-of-state trip and were at his home. Gary and Chloe Thoreson said they would return to their home to attempt to find Dean.

Jaren Kuester was arrested on Sunday, Apr. 28, in Waukesha. He told police he ended up in Wiota because he had been in jail in Waukesha, but had gotten bailed out and "he got in his vehicle and then just started driving."

He abandoned his car, and started running through the woods, where he found a barn to stay in. He later decided to break into a house, thinking no one was home.

He said a man later entered the home, and as he walked up the stairs, "Kuester hit him with a fireplace poker and killed him."

He said he later heard a man and woman enter the house, and he "killed both of them with a fireplace poker and then stabbed the woman." The man, Gary Thoreson, did hit Kuester before he was killed.

He then took DeanThoreson's truck and drove to his father's home in Waukesha.

Kuester has been charged with three counts of First-Degree Intentional Homicide, one county of Burglary of a Building or Dwelling and one count of Operating a Motor Vehicle Without Owner's Consent.