Suspect In Death Of Estherville Man Pleads Not Guilty To 1st Degree Murder Charge

Mon 8-3-2015 IA"], ["Estherville

(Estherville)-- A suspect in the death of 19-year-old Thomas Bortvit of Estherville has pleaded not guilty to 1st degree murder. A written plea was entered this (Monday) morning in Emmet County District Court on behalf of 18-year-old Lee Christensen.

Bortvit was reported missing by his family on June 6th. His body was found the next day in a rural area of Emmet county.

Christensen was extradited from Minneapolis later that week and was returned to Emmet county to face the charge.

Christensen is being held on a two million dollar bond.

A trial date hasn't been set.

Bortvit was a graduate of Estherville Lincoln Central High School and a student at Iowa Lakes Community College.

Authorities haven't said anything publicly about a possible motive.