Custody death prompts questions

August 13, 2013 • Local News

Jessica Palmer
Record Staff Writer

Sherrie Towler, mother of Cody Towler, is haunted by her experiences with the police following her son’s in-custody death.
“In my mind, I see him every day lying there in the alley. Every day. I cannot get that image out of my mind.”
Sherrie has her suspicions about the investigation. The night Cody died, she went out searching for her son because he was late coming home.
“My mom called me and I went to the scene. I had a gut instinct when I saw a collection of cop cars. I had called him several times and never got an answer. … When I went to the police station, they told us there had been a homicide and began asking me if Cody had any known enemies.”
Sherrie wasn’t allowed to leave the RPD until 7 a.m. “The police were not releasing any information. I was not allowed to see my son, supposedly, because he was sent to OMI, but his body never got to OMI until nightfall. At 8 a.m. (five hours after his death) a neighbor went to take out her garbage and his body was still there in the alley,” she said.
Sherrie’s brother, Cory Fowler, believes that the family homes were subjected to an illegal search. He said at the time no one had been informed that Cody’s death occurred in police custody.
Likewise, his girlfriend and his grandmother were picked up at 6 a.m. and interrogated; their homes were also searched. Sherrie admitted that she gave Login to read more

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