Saturday, August 15, 2020

BREAKING NEWS: Sheriff identifies murder victim



The Steele County Sheriff has identified the victim of an apparent murder as Richard William Jurgensen, 22, of Medford.

Sheriff Lon Thiele said Tuesday afternoon the cause is an apparent homicide, but provided no further details as to how Jurgensen died. An autopsy was completed Monday in Rochester.

Thiele is asking for the public’s help in helping investigators solve the case. Anyone with information is asked to call the Steele County Tip Line at 866-878-7964 or the Steele-Rice Dispatch Center at 507-451-8232.

The sheriff says the investigation is on-going and no one is in custody at this time.

Jurgensen’s body was found along a gravel road northeast of Owatonna early Sunday morning by a motorist traveling through the area.

The Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension is assisting the sheriff’s office with the investigation.

According to Facebook, Jurgensen leaves behind at least one young child.



The Steele County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a suspected homicide after a body was found along a gravel road in a remote area of the county northeast of Owatonna early Sunday.

Sheriff Lon Thiele said Monday night that no new information will be released until Tuesday at the earliest. 

The victim is believed to be a man in his early to mid 20s, according to Thiele. His identity had not yet been released. The body was taken to the Southern Minnesota Regional Medical Examiner’s Office in Rochester where an autopsy was performed Monday, Thiele said. 

Deputies responded to a 911 call of a dead person on the road around 1 a.m. Sunday. Thiele said the call came from a motorist passing by the area. 

Asked if there were any signs of trauma on the body, Thiele replied: “I can’t mention that right now.”

The sheriff called in the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension to assist with the investigation. The BCA brought its mobile crime lab to the scene to process the area for clues. 

No arrests have been made in the case. 

BCA agents are working with local investigators in piecing together what happened. 

The Times will provide additional updates on this murder investigation as they become available.


Steele County Times & DCI

Steele County Times
411 E. Main St.
P.O. Box 247
Blooming Prairie, MN 55917

Dodge County Independent / ADvantage
121 West Main St.
Kasson, MN 55944

Dodge County Printing
121 West Main St.
Kasson, MN 55944


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