Funeral set for NDSU student Thomas Bearson; no arrests made

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A funeral for the 18-year-old NDSU freshman who was found dead in Moorhead will be held Monday in his hometown of Sartell.

The service for Thomas Bearson will be held at 11 a.m. at St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church, according to an obituary. Visitation will be Sunday from 3-8 p.m., and Monday for 90 minutes prior to the funeral.

Bearson disappeared after attending a party near campus Saturday night. His body was recovered and identified Tuesday in an industrial area of Moorhead on the property of an RV sales business, about six miles away from the site of the party.

The city of Moorhead announced Thursday that the Ramsey County Medical Examiner determined that Bearson’s death was the result of “homicidal violence,” but provided no details about how it may have occurred.

At the Sartell High School homecoming football game Friday, players wore "TB" initials on their helmets, and a moment of silence prior to kickoff was held, the St. Cloud Times reports.

Donations were also taken for the Tom Bearson fund, which was started by Sartell students, the paper says.

“We hope to be able to present the family with some funds that they can use, perhaps for a scholarship,” Brenda Steve, principal at Sartell High School, told the paper earlier that day. “My heart goes out to their entire family."

Investigation continues

With no suspects in custody as of Saturday afternoon, the Associated Press reports Fargo-Moorhead law enforcement officials say a "heightened level of concern" is appropriate, but there is no evidence anyone else is immediately in danger.

Law enforcement is advising local students not to walk alone however, the AP says.

Moorhead police have asked for the public’s help in finding Bearson’s cell phone and one of his shoes – items that were missing from the scene where his body was found.

The left shoe is a white Nike Air Jordan size 9 1/2. The phone is a silver i-Phone 5. Police released photos of matching items, which you can see at left.

Through the Moorhead Police Department, the Bearson family asked for privacy from the media as they grieve.

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