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July 05, 2018
Spotlight on Crime Offers Reward for Information in Hibbing Homicide

​ST. PAUL –Spotlight on Crime today announced a reward of up to $25,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the individual or individuals responsible for the 2017 stabbing death of Brian  Joseph Nelson. Nelson was stabbed to death in his Hibbing home sometime between 10:30 p.m. on Saturday, July 8, 2017, and Monday, July 10, 2017. Hibbing Police Department investigators have not identified Nelson’s killer despite an exhaustive investigation.

Spotlight on Crime is offering a reward of up to $25,000. Investigators hope the reward encourages someone to come forward with information.

About the case: Brian Joseph Nelson, 60, of Hibbing: Murdered sometime between July 8-10, 2017

Brian Nelson, 60, was found stabbed to death in his Hibbing home on July 10, 2017. His home was located behind The Bottle Shop liquor store, which he owned and operated. Nelson was known to take the days’ proceeds home on Saturdays and make deposits on Monday mornings. On Saturday, July 8, Nelson closed the store and took the day’s cash proceeds home. He was last seen alive at 10:30 p.m.

When Nelson failed to show up for work on Monday, July 10, a store employee went to check on him. They found Nelson’s house locked and secure, but gained access to the home, discovered Nelson deceased and called 911.

That Saturday was the final day of the 2017 Hibbing Jubilee Community Festival. Investigators consider robbery a potential motive but the investigation has identified no forensic evidence or witnesses to aid the investigation. An exhaustive investigation has resulted in no arrests.

Anyone with information related to this case is urged to contact the Hibbing Police Department at 218-263-3601 or Information can be provided anonymously.


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