In Minot, North Dakota, a woman has been arrested and charged with the alleged poisoning of her boyfriend, Steven Edward Riley Jr., who was 51 years old. The Minot Police Department stated that Riley passed away on September 5th at a hospital in Bismarck. Following an autopsy, officials determined the cause of death to be poisoning.
The suspect, Ina Thea Kenoyer, aged 47, was arrested and charged with Class AA Felony Murder. The police believe there were financial motives behind the alleged poisoning. Kenoyer is currently held at the Ward County Jail. However, details regarding the specific financial motives have not been disclosed by the authorities.
Investigations Commander Capt. Dale Plessas described the case as “extremely complex,” and expressed gratitude to those who provided information aiding the investigation.
The incident marks one of several similar cases in the U.S. this year, where individuals have been accused of poisoning their partners. Notable cases include a former Mayo Clinic medical resident charged with poisoning his wife in Minnesota, an author in Utah accused of fatally poisoning her husband, and a Colorado dentist arrested for allegedly using arsenic and cyanide to poison his wife. These incidents highlight a disturbing trend of domestic crimes involving poison. Investigations into Kenoyer’s case and the circumstances leading to Riley’s death are ongoing.