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UPDATE: One year later, sheriff said they've found the rifle used in the unsolved murder of a Minn. deer hunter

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Morrison County Sheriff Shawn Larsen addresses the media Friday, Nov. 3, 2017, regarding the homicide death of Terry Brisk near Little Falls. Jennifer Stockinger / Forum News Service2 / 2

LITTLE FALLS, Minn. -- Authorities are one step closer to finding the person who murdered a rural Little Falls man in north-central Minnesota nearly a year ago while he was deer hunting on his parents’ property.

The rifle belonging to Terrence “Terry” Brisk was found, and authorities believe it was the weapon used to kill him. Brisk was found dead on Nov. 7, 2016, on his parents’ property east of Little Falls. Autopsy results from the Ramsey County Medical Examiner’s Office concluded Brisk, 41, died from blood loss resulting from a gunshot wound.

Morrison County Sheriff Shawn Larsen made the announcement Friday, Nov. 3,  at a news conference at the Morrison County Government Center in Little Falls.

“Investigators assigned to the case knew that finding his rifle would be like finding a needle in a haystack,” Larsen said. “We found that needle. We found Terry Brisk’s rifle.”

Brisk’s Winchester Model 30-30 lever action rifle was preserved and submitted immediately to the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension laboratory after it was located. Larsen said although forensic analysis continues, investigators believe it was the murder weapon.

Larsen said he wouldn’t provide further details about the rifle Friday due to the active ongoing investigation.

Larsen said the homicide case appears to be an isolated incident and there continues to be no known danger to the public.

“This status has not changed,” Larsen said. “From the start of this investigation we have actively pursued every lead that has been generated, which has been a slow, methodical process. We are grateful for the public’s assistance and we continue to ask the public for help.”

Larsen said the family and the community want answers about what happened to Brisk. He said the sheriff’s office and the BCA will continue to work on the high-priority case and find the suspect who killed Brisk.

“We need to wait to provide more specific information about what we’ve learned so far so that we may protect the integrity of the investigation and bring Terry’s killer to justice,” Larsen said.

Brisk’s wife, Pam, and his parents, Virgil and Frances “Babe” Brisk, attended the conference. Frances Brisk told a group of reporters after the conference her son was a kind person who loved his family very much. She said they miss him very much.

Brisk, a 1993 Little Falls High School graduate, was the father of four children -- Johnathon, Nicholas, Frances and Michael -- all of whom live at home.

A reward of up to $30,000 from local donors is offered for information leading to the arrest of the person who shot and killed Brisk.

Anyone with information about this case is urged to contact the Morrison County Sheriff’s Office at 320-632-9233. Information may be provided anonymously by contacting Crime Stoppers of Minnesota at www.CrimeStoppersMn.org; or 1-800-222-TIPS (8477) from anywhere in Minnesota; by installing the Submit a Tip APP on any smartphone; or sending a text beginning with TIP674 to CRIMES (274637).

Brisk worked for his father’s construction company, Kingsway Construction Inc., since he was young before working for Ziegler CAT in Brainerd the last several years, according to his obituary. Brisk enjoyed fishing, hunting, snowmobiling, camping with his family, bonfires with friends, spending time at Platte Lake, cutting wood, 4-H Livestock Legends and 4-H shooting sports. Brisk was a member of the Rich Prairie Trailbusters Snowmobile Club, St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, Knights of Columbus as a fourth-degree knight and the Local 49 union through Ziegler CAT.

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