WAUKESHA, Wis (WSAU-Wheeler News) The man suspected of killing three people in Lafayette County allegedly threatened employees of a Waukesha animal shelter three days before the murders came to light. Lynn Olenik, who heads the Humane Animal Welfare Society, said Jaren Kuester showed up at the shelter last Thursday. He asked about a dog he brought in two weeks earlier after it was struck by a car. Olenik said Kuester was told at the time that the animal had died – but he asked for the pet last week, and he got upset when he was told it was cremated.
She said Kuester threatened staff members and said quote, “We would pay because his dog was dead.” Police were called, and media reports said he was jailed for not paying a fine in a nine-year-old case for resisting arrest. His employer bailed out the 31-year-old Kuester last Friday, after posting just over $300.
Last Saturday authorities said his S-U-V was found abandoned in Green County – and he was arrested early Monday after police in Waukesha found a pick-up truck owned by one of the murder victims. Gary and Chloe Thoreson, along with Gary’s brother Dean, were found dead early Sunday at their home near South Wayne. Sheriff’s officials say they’re combing through a large amount of evidence, which they’ll submit to prosecutors for possible charges. The sheriff says Kuester probably won’t appear in court until next week.