Faribault, MN (KROC-AM News)- Police have identified the victim in an ongoing southern Minnesota murder investigation. 

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The case began as a suspicious death investigation. On Tuesday, the Faribault Police Department announced the case had been upgraded to a murder investigation

Authorities on Wednesday announced the Midwest Medical Examiner’s Office identified the victim in the case as Gary Robert Lehmeyer. A preliminary autopsy determined the 76-year-old died of homicidal violence.  

Police found Lehmeyer’s body inside of a home in the 20 block of Mitchel Dr. after responding to the Faribault residence to conduct a welfare check on Monday. 

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As of Thursday morning no arrest has been made and a suspect has not been identified. 

Earlier this week Faribault police released a statement saying officers who responded to the welfare call at Lehmeyer’s residence quickly learned his vehicle was missing from the residence, which triggered a region-wide alert for the vehicle.

Faribault Police Car. Photo by Gordy Kosfeld
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Authorities recovered the vehicle in Iowa and it was turned over to the Minnesota BCA to be processed for further additional evidence. 

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The murder investigation is described as active and ongoing, however law enforcement says there is not a threat to the public.

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