Parents offering $5,000 reward for answers to son’s death

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The parents of a man found dead in Galesburg are taking the investigation into their own hands after filing a complaint against the police department.

Last September police found the body of 23-year-old Tyler Smith in a Galesburg Creek. Police say he drowned and they do not suspect foul play, but Tyler’s parents disagree. 

In December, they filed a discrimination complaint against the Galesburg Police Department saying officers did not thoroughly investigate Tyler’s dath because of his race. 

A spokesperson for the city told Local 4 News they found no evidence to support the claim, but said the department did fail the family. 

“… the investigation revealed that in some instances communications with Tyler’s parents fell below the high standards that the Galesburg Police Department strives for each and every day,” city manager Todd Thompson said in an email to Local 4 News. “As a result, the department took appropriate internal measures to address this concern and ensure it does not reoccur.”

Sandra Halsne, Tyler’s mom, said she isn’t giving up in her search for answer. Halsne, along with Tyler’s father Keith Smith, have opened up their own tipline and are offering a $5,000 reward to anyone who submits a tip that leads to an arrest and conviction. 

Tips can be sent to the family via at illguit@gmail.com or by phone at 239-258-8995. 

The Galesburg Police Department says Tyler’s case is still open. They also ask anyone with information to call the Galesburg Police Department at 309-343-9151, Crime Stoppers at 309-344-0044 or text Crime Stoppers at 274637 with the keyword “Galesburg.”

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