Jelani Day Wiki – Jelani Day Biography
Jelani Day is an Illinois State University graduate student. He was last seen on Aug. 24, entering the Beyond/Hello dispensary in Bloomington. Police said his 2019 Chrysler 300 was located Aug. 26 in the woods south of Peru’s Illinois Valley YCMA, 60 miles north of Bloomington.
He is 25 years old.
BPD Officer John Fermon said Saturday the investigation into Day’s disappearance remains active.
He previously told The Pantagraph investigators were combing through digital data to learn more about the case’s circumstances.
The Peru Police Department found his car on Thursday in woods south of the Illinois Valley YMCA.
Day is a first-semester graduate student in the program.
Police describe Day as a Black male with short black hair and some facial hair, brown eyes, 6-foot-2 and 180 pounds. The video from the student center shows him in a blue dress shirt, black pants, black pants, black belt, and shoes with a blue face mask. He was driving a white 2019 Chrysler 300 with license plate CH74067.
ISU hosted an event on Sept. 3 to support Day’s family and search efforts, and over 100 people attended. The missing man’s mother, Carmen Bolden Day, said at that event that she wanted people to know, “Jelani is not dead, and we will find him.”
Unidentified Body Found
The Pantagraph reported that an unidentified body was found on Sept. 4 by a team searching the Illinois River, east of the Illinois Route 251 bridge. The Bloomington Police Department responded to assist the investigation.
The LaSalle County coroner told The Pantagraph on Friday that his office is still waiting on DNA results from an Illinois State Police crime lab. The ISP Division of Forensics was not available for comment Saturday.
The coroner previously said it could take weeks to identify the body.
Data posted to ISP’s website showed that a backlog of 3,670 assignments remained for analyzing biological data from crime scenes and offenders as of June. The report noted a 14% increase in assignments completed in the fiscal year ending in June.
The Bloomington Police Department asked the public not to speculate on the discovery of the unknown body, as the investigation was still active and may take “considerable time.”
A GoFundMe has also been started to help his family. His mother announced $25,000 for finding him on Facebook, and his family is asking for further donations to assist in the search. As of Monday evening, GoFundMe had raised more than $4,300.
The university is monitoring the situation closely, said spokesman Eric Jome, with ISU police assisting the Bloomington Police Department, taking the lead in the case.