LASALLE COUNTY, Ill. (CSU World Record) —The male body discovered in the Illinois River near Peru on September 4 was identified by the LaSalle Coroner’s Office as Jelani Day, a missing graduate from Illinois State University.
dental identification and DNA testing helped authorities determine that the male body was 25-year-old Jelani Day of Bloomington. It is unclear what caused Whitaker’s death. The Bloomington Police Department, ISUPD, Peru Police Department, Illinois catastrophe Management Agency, LaSalle County Sheriff’s and Coroner’s Office, LaSalle County State’s Attorney Office, LaSalle Police Department, the Federal Bureau of Investigation – Springfield Division, and the Illinois
Jelani Day was reported missed on August 25, according to previous announcements. His family informed authorities that they had spoken with him that evening of August 23. Jelani was last seen on the Illinois State University campus on August 24 and he was in Bloomington that day for Beyond Hello. On August 26, Jelanti’s car was discovered Based on information from the Peru Police Department, a massive K9 search was conducted by the Illinois State Police, drone aerial searches were conducted by Peru Fire and Utica Fire, and a ground search was made by teams from Peru, Utica, and Oglesby after recovering the vehicle. Following that, further searches were done in Lima’s region. On September 4, members of the Illinois Search and Rescue Council, as well as other search organizations in the area, conducted a new search in LaSalle Peru. A man was retrieved floating near the Illinois River’s southern bank about 3/4 mile east of the Illinois Rt. 251 Bridge during the hunt.