Two missing objects – a white Nike tennis shoe and a silver-colored iPhone – are possible clues into what happened to Thomas Gregory Bearson of Sartell, whose body was found Sept. 23 in Moorhead.
Investigators have widely disseminated a request for anybody who finds one or both of those objects to notify them immediately. The tennis shoe (a left shoe) is a white Nike Air Jordan, size 9-1/2; the silver phone is an iPhone5.
Bearson, the Moorhead police have said, died as a result of “homicidal violence.” He was a student studying nursing at North Dakota State University in Fargo when he was reported missing Sept. 21. After widespread searching for him, his body was found in the lot of an RV business the morning of Sept. 23 in Moorhead.
The Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension is assisting in the investigation. Information about how Bearson died has not been released by authorities, who may not know exactly what happened until all test results have been completed by the Ramsey County Medical Examiner’s Office.
Students at Sartell High School have established a fund in memory of Tom Bearson for his family. On Sept. 26, there was a moment of silence and prayer to honor Bearson at the Sartell Sabres’ football game, and players wore “T.B” (Tom Bearson) stickers on their helmets in honor of the former outstanding Sabre basketball player.
Anyone with information as to what may have happened to Bearson should call the Red River Regional Dispatch Center at 701-451-7660. The Sartell Police Department could also be contacted so any information could be passed on to the proper investigators. The Sartell P.D. number is 320-251-8186.