Mysterious death of 90-year-old Earl Olander ruled a homicide

Investigators looking into the death of a 90-year-old man in San Francisco Township have leads, but no suspects.

They are, however, calling the death of Earl Olander, who was found with his hands bound, a murder.

BACKSTORY -- 90-year-old man found dead, with hands bound, in San Francisco Township

Adding to the mystery is the fact that those who know Olander say he had no enemies.

Police say there's no sign of a break-in at Olander's rural home on the family farmstead, located not far from the original farmhouse where he was born in 1925.

That means the doors were likely unlocked, but investigators can't narrow down a timeframe between when Olander was last seen during the day Thursday, and when he was found dead Saturday night.

And investigators believe whoever ransacked the house and assaulted Earl before binding his hands wasn't alone.

Olander did have cuts and bruises to his face and chest, but the sheriff can't say if that indicates a struggle.

Crime Stoppers of Minnesota has offered a $1,000 reward for information leading to an arrest. You can visit www.crimestoppersmn.org or call 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS) with information, and you can remain anonymous. 

You can also call the Carver County Sheriff's Office:

952-361-1231 (office)

952-361-1224 (Tip Line)

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