Unsolved Mystery: GR Police’s Year-Long Hunt for Ysasi’s Killer



Santino Ysasi, who was experiencing homelessness, was murdered on October 19, 2022, and a year later, no arrests have been made. In February 2023, investigators released surveillance video of a person of interest in the case, with the Silent Observer organization offering a $7,500 reward for information leading to the murderer. Michigan law allows for anonymous tip reporting, and anyone with information can contact the Grand Rapids Police Department’s detective unit or leave an anonymous voicemail with Silent Observer.

Unsolved Murder of Homeless Man Santino Ysasi Continues to Baffle Grand Rapids Police

A year has now passed since Santino Ysasi was brutally murdered in Grand Rapids, Michigan, with local police remaining mystified and without an arrest.

Ysasi, a homeless individual from a large family, was killed during the early hours of October 19, 2022, while sleeping in the alcove of the West Side St. James School.

Grand Rapids Police Department Chief Eric Winstrom expressed his alarm to FOX 17 shortly after the incident, voicing concerns about a potential unhinged psychopath.

By February 2023, investigators shared a surveillance video of a person of interest in the Ysasi case, confident it may trigger recognition.

Jennifer Reynolds, the Executive Director for Silent Observer West Michigan, urged the public to examine the video and photos, emphasizing that even the person’s walk might be identifiable and unique “almost like a fingerprint”.

$7,500 Reward Offered for Information on Santino Ysasi’s Killer

Silent Observer is currently offering a $7,500 reward for any information leading to the apprehension of Ysasi’s killer. Reynolds encourages anyone with information to come forward, assuring anonymity and protection of identities.

Alongside the community’s search for justice for Santino and his family, Michigan law allows anonymous tip reporting, facilitated by Silent Observer. Tips can be submitted by calling (616) 456-3380 or (616) 774-2345. Anonymous tips can also be left via voicemail or by visiting their website.

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