OLMSTED COUNTY, Minn. - Authorities were tight-lipped after an unidentified adult male was found deceased early Tuesday morning on a rural Olmsted County road.
The Olmsted County Sheriff’s Office did refer to the deceased person as a “victim,” and said it "could be” a homicide as they spoke at a news conference. The man was found lying in the middle of street on the 2300 block of 45th St SE just before 4 a.m.
According to Sgt. Kirby Long, a person driving to work saw the man and called 911. Gold Cross and Olmsted County Sheriff's Office arrived on scene to find the man deceased. Based on "apparent trauma," the death is being called suspicious.
The Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension is assisting the Sheriff's office in the investigation, taking a computerized picture of the undisturbed scene and talking with neighbors on 45th St SE to get answers.
The name of the victim has not been released and authorities said there were no suspects at this time. The Southern Minnesota Medical Examiner's Office is working to help identify the victim and the cause of death.
The Sheriff’s Office said the investigation has been difficult due to the sub-zero temperatures. The road where the body was found is frozen over, preventing any help from possible tire marks on the road.
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