The cause of death of a 57-year-old Winona man found in Rollingstone Sunday has been determined as blood loss combined with hypothermia, according to the Winona County Sheriff’s Department. Law enforcement officials have not yet released the man’s name.
On Sunday, March 16, 2014, at 3:39 p.m., the Winona County Sheriff’s Department received a report of an unconscious man in the backyard of a residence on the 100 block of Broadway Street in Rollingstone. Deputies and Rollingstone First Responders were sent to the address and found the 57-year-old man dead in the backyard of a residence he was house-sitting at the time. According to Sheriff Dave Brand, the blood trail that led up to the victim started from a nearby park approximately one and a half blocks away. “There was blood on the snowbank and his glasses were lying at the beginning [of the blood trail] in a pool of blood,” Brand noted.
Investigators also found blood on the garage as well as the back door of the residence where the man was house-sitting.
“[We can] rule out he was hit by a vehicle,” Brand stated before adding that “it did not appear [that there was a] scuffle at the scene.”
The man was found with injuries to his lip and ear, as well as a wound to the back of his head that was approximately two to three times larger than a quarter, Brand said. The autopsy performed by the Mayo Clinic in Rochester showed no broken bones.
Brand also confirmed that the man had been spotted at a “packed Rollingstone bar,” where he was seen dancing. Witnesses last saw the man walking down the street toward the park where the blood trail began.
“We’ve got a lot of unanswered questions,” Brand said.
The Winona County Sheriff’s Office, the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension, and the Winona County Attorney’s Office are currently investigating the death.