Eden Prairie Man's Death Ruled Suspicious, Police Have Person of Interest in Mind

August 17, 2016 08:48 AM

Police in Eden Prairie are now calling the July death of a 74-year-old man suspicious.  

Investigators were called to check on the welfare of Allen Retzer at his home on the 7900 block of South Bay Curve. After investigating, it was determined that Retzer's injuries were consistent with a homicide. 


From the street outside his home, passersby can't tell anything sinister happened inside. But the closer you get to the front porch, you notice red crime tape sealing the door and neighbors noticed investigators.

"We knew something bad happened, but we didn't know what happened," neighbor Brian Miller said.

Questions swirled for three weeks until Eden Prairie police disclosed Tuesday, someone killed Retzer.

To Miller, they weren't just neighbors, but friends.

"We're all really sad and did a lot of crying," Miller said.

Authorities discovered Retzer on July 22. Police confirm they came across evidence at his home indicating foul play.  An autopsy a day later by the Hennepin County Medical Examiner's office confirmed that. It revealed he suffered injuries consistent with homicide.

"We noticed his minivan was missing and we told police that," Miller said.

The next day, July 24, in another state, Retzer's van was found. Officers verified it had been abandoned in Utah, leaving behind important clues about the Minnesotan's death, including the fact that it wasn't random. Whoever killed him, knew him.

Retzer was a contractor and often did projects for those who lived around him. Plus, he would grow vegetables and share the produce with others. Relatives say he was a born again Christian and this is the most painful thing they've ever gone through.

"I hope there's some resolution, we want to know what happened," Miller said.

Authorities do have a person of interest, but that person isn't in custody and they're not naming the individual or the connection to Retzer. Police go on to say there is no threat to others. They aren't releasing what kind of injuries Retzer suffered.


Beth McDonough

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