Update (6 p.m. Saturday): The Star Tribune has clarified its earlier report (see 1 p.m. update below) about a man found badly hurt by Hwy. 65 in Fridley early Saturday. Whether a beating or something else caused his injuries isn't clear:
Police are seeking clues to how a 23-year-old man ended up alone with a bleeding head injury in a snow-covered ditch along a main road through Fridley early Saturday. ... Investigators don't know how the man received the head injury.
Update (2:45 p.m. Saturday): A Hennepin County Medical Center spokesperson said the hospital could not confirm any information without a name for the man found beaten along Highway 65 in Fridley early Saturday. Authorities haven't released the name of the 23-year-old man.
Update (1 p.m. Saturday): Authorities aren't releasing any more information about the man's condition or the incident, according to the Anoka County Emergency Dispatch office—but "they're working hard" on the case.
A newly posted Star Tribune article has a few new details:
- The man was "beaten, alone and bleeding in a snow-covered ditch ... beaten forcefully on the head"
- "a passing motorist's headlights spotted the man"
- "The man was in critical condition at Hennepin County Medical Center"
- "We've got a lot of questions how he got there," said Gary Patterson, a detective working the case for the Anoka County Sheriff's Office. "It's not real clear how this occurred."
Original post (9:30 a.m. Saturday): Someone reported a person lying by the side of Hwy. 65 in the 7300 block in Fridley at about 3 a.m. Saturday, WCCO reported.
Police responded and found a critically injured 23-year-old man who was taken to the hospital for treatment, KARE11 reported. They aren't releasing his name while the case is under investigation.
Now authorities are asking for the public's help with information about the incident. Call 763-427-1212 if you have information.
Investigating agencies include the Fridley Police Department, the Anoka County Sheriff's Office, and the Minnesota State Patrol.