By Sean Dame, Marketing —
Tommy Bearson, a freshman at North Dakota State University, was killed in September 2014 on his way home from a party; his body was found three days later nearly five miles away. The Moorhead Police Department has been leading the investigation and brought in an FBI behavioral analysis unit to aid in the case. Even with multiple government officials—ranging from detectives to police officers to local FBI agents—there still have not been any new, ground-breaking developments.
Declination to Cooperate
Moorhead Police Lt. Tory Jacobson has acted as a spokesperson, giving some insights into the investigation. While new tips continued to trickle in, one tip was released to the public via Facebook by Bearson’s girlfriend. She claimed that some of Bearson’s friends—including one who was in the group to last see him alive—declined to take lie detector tests in relation to the murder investigation. Even though polygraph test results do not hold any weight in court cases, they are used to help ensure that case information is valid, which can help eliminate and close in on possible suspects.
After a year of almost no progress, the killer’s trail seems to be growing cold, and Lt. Jacobson admitted that his morale on this case is starting to wear thin. There isn’t a single officer that works on the case full-time, but they have all taken their share of time to work on finding possible new avenues to pursue.
Bearson’s parents have not been available for many comments on the case, but they said the following: “Whether the person, or people, who did this are caught, and we’re convinced they will be, one thing will always remain true: they can never escape from who they are and what they did. Without responsibility, there can only be darkness and guilt in their lives.” Assistance from the FBI team members has not yet led the team to solve the case, but the team has been aided in giving more insights as it has worked and brainstormed with others. In the meantime, the local community continues waiting for closure on a killer who is still at large.
Solving a murder can be a difficult task, especially when suspects don’t cooperate. Obviously using a polygraph test can be a useful tool for narrowing down suspects but it isn’t accurate enough to pin anything with certainty. By using a lie detection software like EyeDetect with a polygraph test, you can gain much more surety that the test is accurate. If allowed, EyeDetect could be a solution to cases like these and help bring justice to those who have committed these horrible crimes.