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Van found in Utah linked to killing of Eden Prairie 74-year-old

A van abandoned on a road in Utah belongs to a 74-year-old Minnesota man found dead in his home last month.

Utah-based KUTV reports that the van, a 2005 Chrysler Town and Country, was found at the Salt Lake/Utah County Line on July 22, the same day Eden Prairie police found a man’s body at 7960 South Bay Curve.

Eden Prairie PD immediately launched an investigation, and appears they have a new lead with police in Utah having made an application to search the van, which has revealed more details of the man’s death.

According to Hennepin County property records, 7960 South Bay Curve is owned by Allen Retzer, whose obituary appeared in the Star Tribune just over a week after the body was found.

The search warrant, which refers to the victim as “A.R”, says his body was found in the master bedroom and he “appeared to have lost a large volume of blood.”

Police found wounds including two puncture wounds on the left and right side of his neck, as well as defensive cuts on the back of his right hand and the back of his left forearm.

The cord to his landline phone had been pulled from the wall and he’d received no incoming and made not outgoing calls since the morning of July 19. This, coupled with a pile of uncollected mail, suggested he may have been dead for several days.

His van was missing and the license plate from one of his other vehicles had been taken as well. The theft was reported to the national stolen vehicle database on July 24, with Utah police getting in touch after locating the Chrysler two days earlier.

KUTV reports that the Utah State Bureau of Investigation has handed the case over to Eden Prairie, but did say they don’t believe any arrests have been made.

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