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Reward offered in Hibbing homicide case

A reward of up to $25,000 is being offered for information in the 2017 stabbing death of Brian Joseph Nelson in Hibbing. The Minnesota nonprofit Spotlight on Crime announced Thursday it's offering the reward for information leading to the arrest ...

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A reward of up to $25,000 is being offered for information in the 2017 stabbing death of Brian Joseph Nelson in Hibbing.

The Minnesota nonprofit Spotlight on Crime announced Thursday it’s offering the reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or people responsible for Nelson’s death. The Hibbing Police Department hasn’t been able to identify Nelson’s killer despite “an exhaustive investigation,” according to the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension.

Nelson, 60, was found stabbed to death on July 10 and had been killed sometime between 10:30 p.m. July 8 and July 10. He was found dead in his home at 2408 ½ First St. behind the Bottle Shop liquor store, which he owned and operated. On July 8, Nelson closed the store and took the day’s cash proceeds home. He was last seen alive at 10:30 p.m., according to the BCA. A store employee went to check on him when he failed to show up for work on Monday. The employee found his house locked and secure, but gained access to the home to find Nelson deceased. Investigators consider robbery a potential motive, but the investigation hasn’t identified any forensic evidence or witnesses to aid the investigation, according to the BCA.

Anyone with information related to the case is asked to contact the Hibbing Police Department at (218) 263-3601 or pdesk@ci.hibbing.mn.us . Information can be provided anonymously.

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