Jelani Day, a 25-year-old graduate student at Illinois State University, has been missing since Aug. 25. A corpse found in the Illinois River is now confirmed as Day.
According to CNN, a coroner in LaSalle County, Illinois, confirmed the tragic news via forensic identification and DNA testing The cause of death is currently unknown.
Day’s family said in a statement: “Our hearts are broken. We ask you to continue to pray for our family during the very hard days ahead. During these 30 days, our very first concern was to find Jelani, and now we need to find out #WhatHappenedToJelaniDay.Currently there are more questions than answers about Jelani’s disappearance and death and this is where we will focus our energy.From this moment we do not know what happened to Jelani and we do not stop , before we do. “
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Day was last seen on August 24 on surveillance footage coming in at a pharmacy in Bloomington, Illinois. His vehicle was located in Peru, Illinois on August 26, which is approximately 60 miles away from the pharmacy.
Police said Day disappeared under “unexplained suspicious circumstances.” Today’s mother, Carmen Bolden Day, explained it was not as if her son was going to disappear and also said: “He was not depressed. He did not have any kind of pressure that would make him want to escape from life. So I feel like there was someone involved. “
According to the Chicago Tribune, the 25-year-old graduated from Alabama A&M. He was in his second semester at Illinois State University of Speech Pathology.
The body was found Sept. 4 in the Illinois River, but the forensic pathologist did not confirm it was Day untilt today (Sept. 23).
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