GALESBURG — A California man died as a result of drowning Saturday night in Cedar Fork.
According to a Galesburg Police Department news release, Tyler L. Smith, 23, Concord, California, was found unresponsive at the bottom of Cedar Fork about 75 yards east of Academy Street.
There were no signs of injury or foul play and an autopsy revealed the cause of death as drowning.
Cedar Fork is a concrete canal that acts as a giant stormwater ditch and runs northeast to southwest through Galesburg and runs parallel to the BNSF railroad tracks.
A person walking northbound on Academy Street spotted the person in Cedar Fork and called authorities who later arrived and found the person dead at about 6:57 p.m. Saturday.
A missing person report had been filed earlier Saturday on Smith who had “failed to show up for Naval Reserve training in Galesburg,” the news release said.
Smith had been with a friend at a local tavern Friday night and had last been seen leaving the bar alone and on foot at about 11:30 p.m. Friday.
The news release said Smith had recently moved from Rochelle to Concord, California, and had been in Galesburg fulfilling Naval Reserve obligations.