A woman has been apprehended in connection with the alleged poisoning death of her boyfriend, with authorities citing “financial motives” as the driving force behind the sinister act.
The victim, Steven Edward Riley Jr., a 51-year-old resident of Minot, North Dakota, passed away suddenly on September 5, while receiving treatment at a Bismarck hospital. This revelation emerged from a statement issued by the Minot Police Department on Monday.
In the aftermath of an autopsy, investigators determined that the cause of Riley’s untimely demise was poisoning. Consequently, his girlfriend, Ina Thea Kenoyer, aged 47 and the sole survivor of the incident, was taken into custody on Monday. She now faces charges related to the alleged poisoning and the subsequent death of her boyfriend.
The Minot Police Department elaborated, stating, “Police believe that Riley’s girlfriend, 47-year-old Ina Thea Kenoyer, Minot, had financial motives to murder Riley.” Kenoyer is currently charged with a Class AA Felony Murder, and she is being held at the Ward County Jail.
While the authorities assert that “financial motives” prompted the fatal poisoning, no additional details pertaining to the case or the basis for this conclusion have been disclosed.
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Investigations Commander Capt. Dale Plessas acknowledged the complexity of the case, stating, “This case was extremely complex. Thank you to everyone who provided us with information that helped our investigators piece this together.”
The investigation remains ongoing as authorities continue to delve into the circumstances surrounding this tragic incident.