Earl Olander, the 90-year-old bachelor found dead in his Carver County home, was murdered, authorities said Tuesday.
Carver County Sheriff Jim Olson confirmed that his officers are investigating a homicide, after Olander's body was discovered bound and beaten over the weekend in a rural area of San Francisco Township.
In a Tuesday press conference, Olson also revealed that there was more than one person involved in the crime, according to the Star Tribune. Authorities are now seeking suspects and asking the public for help finding Olander's killers.
The home had also been ransacked but there were no signs of forced entry, the paper says – it's not clear whether the perpetrators entered through unlocked doors or were let in by the victim.
A KSTP report indicates the Midwest Medical Examiner's Office is still working on the cause of death, though there were "bruises and cuts" on Olander's face and chest.
Olander was a lifelong bachelor who lived alone.
Meanwhile, the small rural community is shaken, with one neighbor saying that "no one feels safe" in the wake of the attack.
Sheriff Olson remarked that "this incident is very out of the ordinary for our community, and for Carver County as a whole," according to the Chaska Herald.
Crime Stoppers of Minnesota is offering a $1,000 reward for information leading to an arrest, according to a release from the Carver County Sheriff's Office.