Moorhead Deputy Police Chief Tory Jacobson

Autopsy: NDSU Student Killed 5 Years Ago Died of Asphyxia

Bearson's death certificate says he died of asphyxia, meaning he was deprived of oxygen.

FARGO, N.D.–A North Dakota State University freshman from Minnesota who was killed five years ago died of asphyxia. Authorities have said little about the September 2014 death of 18-year-old Thomas Bearson of Sartell, Minnesota, other than it was a homicide. Bearson’s death certificate says he died of asphyxia, meaning he was deprived of oxygen. Besides alcohol, two prescription medications were…