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Man found dead near Mpls fire was victim of 'complex homicidal violence'

The fire broke out Friday morning on Central Ave. NE.

Authorities have released a cause of death for the man whose body was found near a fire in northeast Minneapolis, confirming initial suspicions that foul play was involved. 

The man, identified as 52-year-old Wayne Jacob Arvidson, died as a result of "complex homicidal violence," the Hennepin County Medical Examiner announced Saturday. 

He was found "in close proximity" to a small fire that had broken out on the 1800 block of Central Ave. NE early Friday morning

Investigators called to the scene ruled the death suspicious, which triggered a homicide investigation and a response from the Minneapolis Crime Lab. 

So far, authorities have not specified the exact circumstances of Arvidson's death, and no arrests have been reported. 

Anyone with information is asked to call CrimeStoppers at 1-800-222-8477, or file an anonymous tip online through CrimeStoppers. Tips that lead to an arrest may be eligible for a financial reward. 

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