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07/11/2011 02:29 EDT | Updated 09/10/2011 05:12 EDT

Richard Oland Death: Moosehead Beer Scion Victim Of Homicide, Police Say

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THE CANADIAN PRESS -- SAINT JOHN, N.B. - Police in New Brunswick have launched a homicide investigation into the death of former beer-brewing scion Richard Oland.

The body of the 69-year-old was found in his Canterbury Street office in Saint John on Thursday night.

Saint John police say they've determined Oland was the victim of foul play but they declined to say how he died.

"Preliminary results of the autopsy coupled with evidence at the scene clearly indicate Richard Oland was a victim of foul play," the police force said in a statement Monday.

"There is no evidence at this time to suggest that this was a robbery or a random act.

"We are collectively committed to bringing anyone involved in Richard Oland's death to justice. ... Grieving family and friends need answers to the question, 'Who is responsible?'"

Oland was a member of the family that owns Moosehead Breweries Ltd., but he left the company in the 1980s.

His funeral is scheduled for Tuesday.