A 57-year-old Winona man was found dead in the backyard of a home Sunday afternoon.
The owners of the home called in the incident around 3:40 p.m., according to Winona County Sheriff Dave Brand. First responders and law enforcement found the man lying face down in the backyard in a pool of blood. A blood trail was discovered that led nearly two blocks to a park, where large amounts of blood and the man’s glasses were located, Brand said.
The cause of death was unknown Monday morning, though Brand said he does not believe the man was shot. The time of death was also unknown, but Brand said there were indications that the incident occurred early Sunday, given the state of the man’s body and the fact that the blood had dried.
According to Brand, the man was watching the house for the owners, and was discovered when they returned home on Sunday.
The sheriff’s department has identified the man, but Brand said he is waiting to release that detail until the family had been notified.
The investigation is ongoing, with the man’s body sent to Rochester for an autopsy. The state Bureau of Criminal Apprehension is assisting.