The family of deceased Cornell University student Antonio Tsialas has announced a $10,000 reward for more information about their son's October death.
Tsialas, a freshman, was reported missing on Oct. 25 after being last seen the night before. His body was discovered the next day in Fall Creek near Ithaca Falls. The reward, according to the family's attorney David Bianchi, will be given to the first person to come forward with information that "will tell us about how he died," subject to verification.
A dedicated phone number has been established to receive information about Tsialas' death: (607) 280-5102.
Reportedly, Tsialas was seen leaving a party held by the Phi Kappa Psi fraternity on campus the night of Oct. 24. Phi Kappa Psi representatives did not respond to a request for comment. In the wake of the incident, the school's Interfraternity Council voted to ban almost all social events held by fraternities until Jan. 1, 2020.
The family has retained Bianchi of Miami-based law firm Stewart, Tilghman, Fox, Bianchi & Cain to represent them in the matter. The firm's website touts its extensive work on behalf of hazing victims, though in an interview, Bianchi would only say that the family believes there were people with Tsialas the night of his death, and that they are looking for those people to come forward with more information. Bianchi said the family is not filing a lawsuit against the fraternity at this time.
"We don't know what happened," Bianchi said. "We are convinced that there are people at Cornell who were with him that night."
Bianchi said they have been in contact with the Cornell University Police Department, who he said are "working hard" on the case, but did not note any new information that has been uncovered from the initial press release from the Ithaca Police Department. Cornell University's Police Chief Dave Honan issued this statement:
"The Cornell University Police continue to actively investigate Antonio Tsialas’s tragic death and the events of the night that preceded it. Over 150 leads have been received and are being followed up on, to include numerous personal interviews. Cornell University Police also sought and obtained a warrant to seize evidence, which will be turned over to the New York State Police for analysis, and a number of subpoenas have also been issued. We appreciate the help from those who have come forward with information and continue to ask anyone else who may have information related to this incident to contact us at 607-255-1111. You can also email Cornell Police investigators at firstname.lastname@example.org or reach out through the Silent Witness Program."