Body found in field at Dickinson State University identified; police suspect suicide

Detective Kylan Klauzer takes a step back from the scene where an unidentified body was found late Monday afternoon. Photo by Josiah C. Cuellar / The Dickinson Press

Just before 4:30 p.m. Monday, Aug. 19, the body of Nicole E. Hanson, 46, was discovered in an evergreen tree row on the Dickinson State University property near 13th Ave. W.

Hanson was not a student at DSU and has no connection to the university.

According to Marie Moe, DSU's vice president of university relations, law enforcement arrived on scene shortly after receiving a phone call from a member of the DSU community who found the body. A DSU student at the scene stated that one of the university's football players found the body following practice and notified the university.

Officials asked for the university's assistance directing traffic, and they blocked a section of the road leading to the Wienbergen parking lot.

Investigating Dickinson Police Department detectives found no obvious signs of foul play and no nefarious indicators, according to Dickinson Police Captain, Joe Cianni.


"The cause of death has not been officially confirmed, however some writings and other items found with the body indicate the death was likely self-determined by the victim," Cianni said.

According to police, a request for autopsy has been initiated.

Kayla Henson is a former Dickinson Press reporter.
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