LaSalle County Coroner Confirms Body Found in Illinois River is Missing Student Jelani Day

The news the family of Jelani Day had hoped would not come has come to pass as the body found in the Illinois River on September 4th has been identified as that of Jelani Day, a college student who’d gone missing from Bloomington, Illinois in August. The LaSalle County Coroner made the announcement on Thursday confirming information that had been reported in the media not long after the body was discovered on September 4th. Along with the identification of Jelani Day, the coroner and the Illinois FBI in Springfield released a timeline of the case…

Jelani Day was reported missing on August 25, 2021. Family reported that they had last spoken with him in the evening hours of Monday August 23, 2021. Jelani was seen at the Illinois State University campus on August 24, 2021, and his last known location was at Beyond Hello in Bloomington, Tuesday morning, at 9:21am. On Thursday August 26, 2021, Jelani’s vehicle was located in Peru, Illinois. Based on findings by the Peru Police Department when recovering the vehicle, a command post was established and an extensive K9 search was conducted by the Illinois State Police, drone aerial searches by Peru Fire and Utica Fire as well as a ground search by teams from Peru, Utica, and Oglesby. Subsequent searches were conducted in the Peru area and Jelani was not located. On September 4, 2021, an additional search was conducted in the LaSalle Peru area by members of the Illinois Search and Rescue Council along with other search agencies in the area. During the search a male decedent was recovered floating near the south bank of the Illinois River approximately ¼ mile east of the Illinois Rt. 251 Bridge.

The LaSalle County Sheriff’s Office is still investigating the case of Jelani Day and are asking anyone with any information regarding this case to contact the LaSalle County Sheriff’s Office at 815-433-2126.

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