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Homicide investigation still moving forward

MONTEVIDEO — The investigation into the Dec. 23 murder of Thomas Dickson, 64, of Montevideo continues to move forward.

Montevideo Police Chief Adam Christopher said Thursday that forensic evidence collected in the case is being analyzed. The process takes time, and authorities are continuing to put all of the information together. Local law enforcement is working with the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension on the investigation.

Dickson’s body had been found about 10:15 p.m. on Dec. 23 in his upstairs apartment in an apartment building on Canyon Avenue, one block from the city’s Main Street. Police initially termed the death suspicious and later ruled it a homicide. Authorities have not released the cause of death.

Dickson had been living in Montevideo since 2011. He was working at Chandler Industries at the time of his death.

Authorities had difficulty locating his surviving family members, and had released a photo of the victim in hopes of reaching them. Police subsequently located a brother living in Texas, who said he had not had contact with the victim for 30 years.

Local officials arranged for a private committal service for Dickson at Fort Snelling National Cemetery in Minneapolis.

Anyone with information that could assist investigators is encouraged to call the Montevideo Police at 320-269-8808.

Tom Cherveny

Tom Cherveny is a regional and outdoor reporter with the West Central Tribune in Willmar, MN.

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