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Authorities in southwestern Minnesota are investigating a fatal hit-and-run.

The Rock County Sheriff's Office says deputies responded shortly after noon yesterday to reports of a man lying in the north ditch along a rural road north of the town of Beaver Creek and about 7 miles northwest of Luverne. When they arrived at the scene, the deputies located the body of 76-year-old William Krotzer, and the Luverne man was pronounced dead at the scene.

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The Sheriff's Office says his vehicle was found about a mile east of his body with a flat tire.

An investigation determined Krotzer was the victim of a hit-and-run and it's believed he was struck by a newer model Chevrolet Z71 pickup. Investigators also believe the vehicle is maroon or a similar color and would have front-end damage.

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The Sheriff's office is asking anyone who may have seen Krotzer walking on the road Wednesday morning or has information about the suspect vehicle to contact investigators at 507-283-5000.

The Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension, the State Patrol, the Rock County Highway Department, and the Luverne Fire Department are assisting with the investigation.

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