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86-year-old found dead in burned field in central Minnesota

December 19, 2018

ST. STEPHEN, Minn. (AP) — Authorities are investigating the death of an 86-year-old man whose body was found in a burned field in central Minnesota.

Stearns County Sheriff Don Gudmundson says Edwin Opatz of Rice was found dead in a burned area of the field northwest of St. Stephen. An investigation found that Opatz was burning grass pastureland earlier on Monday.

The body was sent to the Ramsey County Medical Examiner’s office for an autopsy.

Authorities are trying to determine the cause of death.

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