Family of Illinois Graduate Student Plead for Public’s Help After He Disappeared Last Month

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An Illinois graduate student named Jelani Day was last seen on August 24th. Now, his family is begging for answers.

Day was last seen on CCTV footage in a store in Bloomington.

His family reported him missing the next day after several failed attempts to contact him. He had also missed classes at Illinois State University, where he was studying to become a doctor.

In this footage, captured at 9:12 AM, Day was wearing a blue Detroit Lions baseball hat, a black shirt, white shorts, and black shoes.

While the Bloomington Police Department has been unsuccessful in their search for Day, they did find his vehicle.
On August 26th, his white 2010 Chrysler 300 was discovered near the Illinois Valley YMCA covered in branches after a member of the public called the police.

The clothing that Day was wearing when he was last seen was found in the woodland surrounding the car, but Day himself was not found.

“Upon a search of law enforcement computerized files, it was determined the vehicle was a vehicle of interest in a missing person case out of Bloomington, Illinois. The vehicle was one belonging to Mr. Jelani J. Day, age 25 of Bloomington, Illinois,” the missing person’s report read, as per PEOPLE.

3 weeks after his last sighting, his family is appealing to the police and public for help finding Day.

“This is my little brother. He’s been missing for 3 weeks as of today now. Please help me and my family find him, one retweet can make a huge difference. I love him so much #FindJelaniDay I’m never giving up,” his brother Seve wrote on Twitter.

“We don’t have a lot of information. I don’t feel like I’m getting the help that I need… I’m imploring, pleading, and asking that the police still pay attention and look for my son,” his mother Carmen told Newsy.

Day’s fraternity Omega Psi Phi has also contributed to the effort. “Help us bring. Bro Jelani Day (’18 NE) home safe. If you have any information or have seen Jelani please contact BFD Dispatch 309-820-8888 or contact Det. Paul Jones at 309-434-2548 or [email protected],” it tweeted.
We’re praying Day is found safely soon.