Authorities in Morrison County – where hunter Terrence Brisk was found shot to death last year – say they have made a key discovery in the homicide investigation.
"Investigators assigned to this case knew that finding Terry's rifle would be like finding a needle in a haystack," Morrison County Sheriff Shawn Larsen said in a press statement Friday. "We found that needle."
What's more, Larsen added, "we believe Brisk's own rifle was the weapon used in the homicide."
Not much else was said, however – so it's not clear where the Winchester was found. The sheriff emphasized that he couldn't give any further details because this is "still an active and ongoing investigation."
He also took no questions from reporters.
The update comes just under a year after Brisk was found murdered on his parents' property in Belle Prairie Township near Little Falls, a press release says.
His rifle was missing from the scene, but investigators initially thought the father of four had been killed in a hunting accident. His death was eventually ruled a homicide.
Authorities believe it was an isolated incident, and continue to say there's no threat to the public.
"We will not give up until the person responsible for Terry's death is held accountable," Larsen said.
Anyone with information should contact the Morrison County sheriff's department at (320) 632-9233. Anonymous tips can be submitted to Crime Stoppers of Minnesota online; or at 1-800-222-TIPS . Tipsters can also install the Submit a Tip APP on any smartphone, or sending a text beginning with TIP674 to CRIMES .