Stolen property leads to 2 arrests in Carver County farmer's murder

A citizen tip leading to stolen property prompted the arrest of 2 men in connection to the death of a 90-year-old Carver County farmer. Earl Olander lived alone in San Francisco Township and was found dead with his hands bound in April.

Olander's family said he had no enemies and would do anything for his loved ones and neighbors, but rumors circulated about the bachelor's money as a motive. He still worked at his 320-acre family farm, bailing hay to sell in Belle Plaine, Minn. once a week. 

Neighbor Jerry Scott was the one who found him.

"It's the most tragic thing because he was so well-liked by everyone. I don't think he had an enemy in the world. He loved to visit with people, that was one of his things. I'd bring him things and then finally I'd have to say, 'I have to go home now.' Everybody liked him. He was well-known," Scott said.

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Carver County Sheriff Jim Olson said deputies received a tip from someone who led police to stolen property from Olander's home. Deputies followed leads from the stolen property and arrested two adult men in connection to the homicide. They are both in custody at the Carver County Jail. Charges are expected Wednesday, and sheriff's officials are holding a news conference that day with more information at 4 p.m.

Crime Stoppers of Minnesota was offering a $7,500 reward for information leading to an arrest. Police said there were no signs of a break-in at Olander's rural home, but his doors were likely unlocked.
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