Bearson told his parents he would ‘be better’
MOORHEAD, Minn. -- The parents of a North Dakota State University student killed last fall say they knew their son, Tom Bearson, was drinking at college, but he talked about doing better in a visit home the weekend before his death.
MOORHEAD, Minn. - The parents of a North Dakota State University student killed last fall say they knew their son, Tom Bearson, was drinking at college, but he talked about doing better in a visit home the weekend before his death.
Just a few days later, Greg and Debbie Bearson drove to Fargo to begin a three-day search for their son, who went missing on Sept. 20 and was found dead in the parking lot of a Moorhead, Minn. RV dealer on Sept. 23.
“Those three - three days looking for him - were the hardest days of our lives,” Greg Bearson, choking up, told Liz Collin of WCCO-TV in Minneapolis, in the first interview he and his wife have done since their son’s still-unsolved homicide.
Moorhead police continue to investigate the mysterious circumstances of Bearson’s death, which they’ve said was caused by “homicidal violence.” A final autopsy report recently completed by the Ramsey County Medical Examiner’s Office in St. Paul, Minn., could offer new clues.
That autopsy report has been finalized, the Ramsey County Medical Examiner’s Office told Forum News Service. Officials said the report was finished “a few days ago,” but could not release details.
Moorhead Police say they have no plans at this point to release the final report.
According to the Ramsey County Medical Examiner, the initial autopsy was completed on Sept. 25th, but the toxicology report took months to complete.
They were not able to release the information.
Moorhead Police say they plan to release more details about this case in the next few days.
Tom Bearson was last seen in September leaving a house party near the NDSU campus. His body was found three days later in an RV lot in Moorhead. His death has been ruled homicidal violence.
In the interview with WCCO, Tom Bearson’s parents recalled their son’s striking blue eyes and abilities as a “smooth talker.”
A star athlete in his hometown of Sartell, Minn., Bearson was always practicing his basketball skills.
“Didn’t matter what the weather was, he was always out there,” his father told WCCO.
When he started at NDSU last fall, he quickly made new friends, played pickup basketball games, did chemistry homework and, like many college students, he drank and partied, according to his friends. Bearson was arrested for a DUI shortly before visiting his parents the weekend before he disappeared, when he told his parents he would “be better,” according to WCCO.
“It was really a wonderful weekend we had with him,” Greg Bearson said. “Obviously we didn’t know what was going to happen five days later.”
Police have asked for the public’s help in finding a white Nike shoe and silver iPhone 5 that belonged to Tom Bearson.
His parents continue to receive support from friends in Sartell, who recently placed luminaries on their driveway in honor of what would have been their son’s 19th birthday, WCCO reported. “It was just so heartwarming for us to look outside and see that,” Greg Bearson said.
The parents say students should always take their safety seriously, and Debbie Bearson has a piece of advice for parents: “Hug your kids, just hug your kids. Because you never know if you don’t get to do it again.”
Forum News Service contributed to this report.