A 41-year-old father of four was killed this week while bicycling in Minneapolis.
Authorities say Mark Loesch went out for a bike ride late Wednesday night and never came home. He was found barely breathing around 7 a.m. Thursday on a lawn on the 3700 block of Elliot Avenue South.
He died before paramedics arrived. Police said Loesch died from "severe trauma." His bike was found nearby.
There has been no explanation of what happened to him.
"He might have been coming to my house," said Gene Chadwick, Loesch's friend and riding partner. "It wouldn't be unlike him to pop over and say 'Hello."'
Loesch, an information technology consultant, was an avid bicyclist, and often rode at night. Loesch and Chadwick planned to ride together in Sunday's Minneapolis Bike Tour.
Chadwick said Loesch had left his wallet and cell phone at home on the night he was killed.
"He was such a strong, active, fit guy," Chadwick said. "You would think somebody saw something."
Police were still searching for witnesses. Anyone with information is asked to call the tips line at (612) 692-TIPS.
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