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Body found in Galesburg identified as man in town for National Guard training

Police say an autopsy showed he died from drowning.
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GALESBURG, Illinois - A 23-year-old man was found dead on September 15, near Cedar Fork in Galesburg.

The man has been identified by police say Tyler Smith of Concord, California.

Police say an autopsy showed he died from drowning.

Smith had recently moved from Rochelle, Illinois to Concord, California and was in Galesburg fulfilling Illinois Army National Guard obligations, according to police.

His dead body was found several hours after a missing person report was filed when Smith failed to show up for National Guard training.

According to the report, Smith and a friend were at a local tavern on September 14, and Smith was last seen leaving the bar on foot at about 11:30 p.m. alone. He was later found at the bottom of Cedar Fork,  just east of Academy Street.

Cedar Fork is a concrete canal that runs northeast to southwest through Galesburg parallel to the BNSF railroad tracks.

A person walking near Academy Street spotted Smith. When officers and emergency medical personnel arrived, they found smith dead at the scene.

Police say there are no signs of injury and that foul play is not suspected in this case.

Editor's Note: The Galesburg Police Department previously listed Mr. Smith as a Naval Reserve trainee.  They have since corrected that information to properly refer to him as being with the Illinois Army National Guard.