Missing ISU student Jelani Day identified after body discovered in Illinois River


Jelani Day

BLOOMINGTON, Ill. – Nearly a month after he vanished, an Illinois State University student has been confirmed dead.

Jelani Day, 25, disappeared on Aug. 24.

Day was reported missing Aug. 25. His family last spoke with him on the evening of Aug. 23. He was last seen on the ISU campus on Aug. 24.

Police located Day’s vehicle Aug. 26 in Peru, Illinois. Authorities conducted ground and drone aerial searches of the area.

On Sept. 4, a search team found the body of a man floating near the south bank of the Illinois River about a quarter-mile east of the Illinois Route 251 Bridge.

A cause of death is not yet known. Authorities in LaSalle County are conducting routine toxicology testing.

Anyone with information on the investigation is asked to contact the LaSalle County Sheriff’s Office at 815-433-2161.

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