Jelani Day update: Mother of ISU student pleads for federal help investigating son's death

Jelani Day, ISU graduate student, pulled from Illinois River in LaSalle County last month

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Sunday, October 17, 2021
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Jelani Day's mother is pleading for federal help to investigate her son's disappearance and death.

OTTAWA, Ill. (WLS) -- Jelani Day's mother is pleading for federal help to investigate her son's disappearance and death.

The Illinois State University graduate student was last seen Aug. 24. His body was found more than a week later in the Illinois River in LaSalle County.

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The Illinois State grad student went missing in August.

Day's mother said his personal items were found in different areas and she wants to know how her son ended up in the river.

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She said Day's phone has not been found and is asking Apple to release phone records that may help investigators.