Police look for answers to elderly woman's death after home invasion beating

Evelyn Adams died in hospital five days after being beaten.
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Police investigating the death of an elderly woman who was beaten during a home invasion last month need more help to find the person or people responsible.

The Blue Earth County Sheriff's Office provided an update to its investigation into the incident that happened during a snowstorm and which left 76-year-old Evelyn Adams with injuries that eventually claimed her life.

She was assaulted during the home invasion on the night of Saturday, Feb. 23, and died five days later in hospital.

Captain Paul Barta said that investigators are speaking with persons of interest in the case, but right now police don't believe they have enough information to consider them to be suspects.

Adams herself was able to call 911 after the beating she suffered, with first responders taking 8 minutes to get to her home on Union Street in South Bend Township, just outside of Mankato, as their journey was slowed by heavy snow.

A neighbor meanwhile called police to say they had seen at least one, maybe two suspicious people at Adams' house, and said they left in either a car or an SUV.

Speaking to media on Thursday, Barta said that anyone who knows what happened or the people responsible for Adams' death, things are only going to get worse for them the longer they wait to come forward.

"We won't stop until this investigation is completed and we have those answers," he said. "This is not going away."

You can watch Capt. Barta's full press conference here, courtesy of KARE 11.

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He said that police have conducted at least 50 interviews since the incident, including with Adams while she was in hospital.

According to her obituary, Adams is survived by her husband, Don, son Ken, and stepchildren Gary, Carol and Jim.

She previously worked at Mankato House, Roosevelt Elementary School, and in retail. It says she "enjoyed baking and serving her community," including at her church.

"She will be remembered for being full of life, caring and loving. She will be greatly missed."

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