Body pulled from river is that of missing ISU student: coroner

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(WBBM NEWSRADIO) — The LaSalle County Coroner has confirmed a body found in the Illinois River near Peru earlier this month is that of ISU graduate student, Jelani Day.

The 25-year-old was last seen Aug. 24 at the Illinois State University campus and was reported missing after he didn’t show up for classes for several days.

Although the body was discovered Sept. 4, it wasn’t until Thursday that the LaSalle County coroner was able to identify the body through forensic dental and DNA testing.

In a statement, Day’s family said there are now more questions than answers surrounding Jelani’s disappearance.

“As of this moment, we do not know what happened to Jelani and we will not stop until we do,” the statement said. “This case is not closed and the investigation is not over.”

Day’s car was found on Aug. 27 in a wooded area in Peru, just south of the Illinois Valley YMCA.

The cause of death remains unknown as a toxicology report is pending; an investigation continues.