Police seek 'suspicious' man seen where NDSU student's body was found


Police are seeking the identity of a man who was seen looking around a Moorhead RV lot Tuesday night – the same business where the body of North Dakota University student Thomas Bearson was found last month.

Moorhead police went to Larry's RV Sales around 6:30 p.m. Tuesday after reports of a suspicious man. An employee told police the man said he was "just looking" as he walked around the property, Moorhead police said in a statement Wednesday.

Police and a K9 unit couldn't locate the man, who was described as about 20 years old, thin and white. He was wearing a baseball cap with green writing, a gray T-shirt and blue jeans, police said.

The suspicious activity where Bearson's body was found "certainly warrants further police investigation, but no connection to the on-going homicide investigation is known at this time," police said.

Police told Valley News Live that suspicious calls are common, but Tuesday's response was out of the ordinary because Bearson's death is unsolved and the investigation remains very active.

Bearson, of Sartell, Minnesota, disappeared after attending a party near campus Sept. 20. His body was recovered and identified Sept. 23 at Larry's RV Sales, which is located in an industrial area of Moorhead about six miles away from the party he had attended.

The Ramsey County Medical Examiner determined Bearson’s death was the result of “homicidal violence,” but provided no details about how it may have occurred. InForum reported Friday a final autopsy report won't be available for weeks.

The investigation into Bearson's death is still "very active," but investigators don't have any "particular information on a motive of who's responsible," Lt. Tory Jacobson, a spokesman for Moorhead police, told InForum last week. He said police are following up on "various rumors" and tips heard "second or thirdhand on Facebook."

Police are still asking for the public's help to find a white Nike Air Jordan left shoe, size 9 1/2 and a silver iPhone 5 that belonged to Bearson.

Some people have tweeted to national media outlets, such as CNN, NBC and the CBS show "48 Hours" to ask for help in the investigation.

Police said if there was any indication people were in danger they would alert the public.

Anyone with information that may help police investigate Bearson's death are asked to call the Red River Regional Dispatch Center at (701) 451-7660.

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