Moorhead police discovered a body fitting the description of Thomas Bearson this morning in an outdoor area, Fargo Police Chief Keith Ternes said at a press conference Tuesday afternoon.
“The physical description and the clothing description of that deceased person leads us to believe that it is in fact our missing person, Thomas Bearson,” Ternes said.
Area police will transition from searching for Bearson to a death investigation conducted by Minnesota authorities in Moorhead.
Ternes said it was too early to tell if foul play was the case in the body’s death, but there is not a reason to believe the public is in danger.
KFGO reports the body was found outside Larry’s RV in Moorhead.
Ternes was informing the family of the day’s search when he received word a body had been discovered.
“Obviously, the campus and a tight-knit, civic community like ours — this sort of thing is traumatic for everyone involved,” President Bresciani said at the conference.
Bresciani hopes campus and community members will be respectful of the grieving family.