Family, police seek information on missing Illinois State University graduate student Jelani Day

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Wednesday, September 22, 2021
ISU grad student missing for nearly a month
25-year-old Illinois State University graduate student Jelani Day was reported missing in Bloomington, Illinois, on August 25.

BLOOMINGTON, Ill. (WLS) -- The Gabby Petito case is sparking an interest in other unsolved missing persons' cases, including the disappearance of Illinois State University grad student, Jelani Day.

Police and family are hoping someone may know something about Day, who has been missing since late August.

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"What I want them to do, is to realize that Jelani is everybody, so he could be your brother, he could be your cousin, he could be your nephew, he could be a grandson. And you want somebody to look for him or somebody to find him, and that's all I want. I want my son," said Jelani's mom, Carmen Bolden Day.

The 25-year-old was reported missing in Bloomington, Illinois, on August 25 after he didn't show up to class for several days, according to his family.

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His car was found a day later in a wooded area about 60 miles away near Peru in LaSalle County.

"I shouldn't have to beg. I shouldn't have to plead. I shouldn't have to feel, that there is a racial disparity, I shouldn't have to feel anything like that, I want these people that have these resources to realize this this could happen to them," Jelani's mom told GMA.

A body was found in the Illinois River in early September, but authorities have not said who it is.

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Day is a masters student studying speech pathology.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Bloomington Police Department at (309) 4342548