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After 2 years, sheriff's office seeks new leads in unsolved deadly home invasion

"The sheriff’s office is close to knowing exactly what occurred that night but needs your help," the sheriff's office said.

Investigators are asking for the public's help to find the person who broke into 76-year-old Evelyn Adams' rural Mankato home during a winter storm and fatally attacked her two years ago. 

Feb. 23 marked the two-year anniversary of the home invasion, and the Blue Earth County Sheriff's Office is using the somber occasion to remind the public of the unsolved case – and hopefully get needed information to solve it. 

"The sheriff’s office is close to knowing exactly what occurred that night but needs your help," the sheriff's office said in a Facebook post on Feb. 22.

Blue Earth County Sheriff’s Office Capt. Paul Barta told The Mankato Free Press investigators are following leads and have a strong theory about what happened, but they need “someone with a conscience” to come forward to confirm what happened. 

Adams was injured during a home invasion at her home on Union Street in South Bend Township on Feb. 23, 2019.

According to Southern Minnesota News, Adams' neighbor called police just before 11 a.m. to report two suspicious people at her home, and Adams called police about 20 minutes later to report she'd been assaulted. 

Adams provided a statement to the police while she was at the hospital. She died from her injuries on Feb. 28, 2019.

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The sheriff's office says she was "cherished by her family and friends and those that knew her still need answers."

"What you know could bring closure to Evelyn's loved ones," the post says. 

Anyone who has information about the incident is asked to contact the Blue Earth County Sheriff's Office at 507-304-4863 or report anonymously through Crime Stoppers of Minnesota online or by calling 800-222-8477.

There's a $1,000 reward for information that leads to the arrest of those responsible. 

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