New information released Wednesday on the Winona man who died in Rollingstone continued to point toward an accidental and ultimately tragic fall.

Glenn Peter Brown, 57, had an unknown amount of alcohol in his system when he left a Rollingstone bar about 1 a.m. Sunday, said Winona County Sheriff Dave Brand. The investigation so far has not found any evidence that he was struck by a car, involved in any altercation or assaulted in any way, Brand said. There were also no incidents reported at the bar that night, he said.

Brand on Wednesday was careful to note, however, that the investigation is still ongoing and no formal conclusions have been reached.

Brown was found dead of blood loss and hypothermia Sunday afternoon in a backyard of a house in Rollingstone he was watching while the owners were away. The homeowners discovered his body when they returned and called police. Brown had likely moved around in the backyard before collapsing near a fence and garage, Brand said.

Investigators found blood on the house’s back door and doorknob, as well as in other areas of the backyard, along with a trail that appeared to lead from a nearby park.

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Investigators didn’t know Wednesday the sequence of events that took place between Brown leaving the bar and arriving in the backyard, which led to injuries to his lip and ear and a severe head wound. He appeared to have fallen first in a nearby park about two blocks away, where his glasses were found and the blood trail began.

Investigators suspect Brown hit his head after arriving in the backyard and falling at some point, based on the number of objects in the yard and evidence at the scene.

“Whatever happened between the park and the house, we don’t know,” Brand said. “Where we’re stumped at is from the beginning.”

Brown’s cellphone was found near his body, Brand said, but no additional clues were found in the phone’s call log or memory.

Brown was a lifelong Winona resident and outdoors enthusiast, according to his obituary. A celebration to honor his life is set for 3 to 6 p.m. today at the Eagle’s Club in Winona.

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Accidental sounds kind of logically possible but there sure a lot of gray areas in this case. By the way Dave, why are we being kept in the dark concerning Mickey Ellenbecker? Should we be worried about a killer still running around out there? Why so secretive? Just wondering.

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