Sheriff: Burned man found dead in field in rural Stearns County

The Stearns County Sheriff's Office is investigating the death of a man found burned in a field outside of the St. Cloud, Minnesota area Monday. 

The victim, identified as Edwin Opatz, 86, of Rice, was found in a field on the 10600 block of River Street in the Brockway Township shortly after 3 p.m. The Ramsey County Medical Examiner will conduct an autopsy on his remains. 

The sheriff's office said Opatz had been burning grass pastureland earlier that day. 

His death remains under investigation.