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Oronoco, MN (KROC AM News) - The Olmsted County Sheriff’s Office has released the name of the woman found dead in her burned-out home in Oronoco Thursday.

Capt. Scott Behrns says the medical examiner positively identified the woman as 82-year-old Ruth Oleson.

Her body was found in a bedroom in the home located at 710 5th St NW. Behrns says there was no sign of trauma to the body. It’s not yet known if she died of smoke inhalation or a medical issue. Behrns says Oleson owned the house and lived alone.

2011 picture of Oronoco house that burned/Olmsted County photo
2011 picture of Oronoco house that burned/Olmsted County photo

The house was fully engulfed when firefighters arrived. A passerby reported the fire around 2:30 am.

Behrns says the cause of the fire may be hard to determine because of the extent of damage but there is no evidence of suspicious activity. The house was declared a total loss. It was built in 1940.

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