The body of a missing black Illinois student was found by police after a month-long disappearance and the family’s accusation that authorities were not taking his case as seriously as Gabby Petito’s .
Jelani Day, 25, a first semester graduate student at Illinois State University had been missing since Aug. 24 after she was last seen at ISU and in a Bloomington store.
His body was found floating in the Illinois River on September 4 about a mile from where the car was found, however, police took nearly three weeks to identify it, GTGL News reported.
Officials on Thursday confirmed it was the day thanks to forensic dental identification and DNA tests and comparisons, the local news portal reported.
Day’s case received extensive local media coverage. However, his mother, when interviewed by media, said she was disappointed that her son’s case had not received enough resources compared to another nationally reported case.
“But can’t you see us? Can’t you see me Can’t you see my son? she asked.
Her reference was to the case of Gabby Petito, who received media coverage for hours as the FBI searched day and night for the 22-year-old.
Day’s brother, D’Andre Day, also said NBC News that it was difficult to see the difference in treatment between the two missing persons cases.
“I understand this [Petito’s] the family is going through because we are going through this right now, ”he was quoted by CNB as told.
“Jelani just hasn’t disappeared. Anyone know what happened. Someone has to report what happened, ”he said. “We need everyone to be involved, the same way they were involved with Gabby.”
Immediately after these statements from the family, the police confirmed the identification of the body. However, the cause of death is still unclear in Day’s case.
Bloomington Police Public Information Officer John Fermon told reporters at a virtual press conference his disappearance and death were “very suspicious”.
“We can all agree that it was very suspicious, unlike him,” Mr. Fermon said. “It was one of those things, was it a criminal act or not? “
Mr Fermon also acknowledged criticism from the Day family that the case did not receive as much attention at first.
“Many of our high-risk missing people right here in town are not getting the attention (they) deserve either,” Fermon said. “I’m glad it came out. We will take the reviews.
The FBI is now involved in the case, however, it is not known when the agency was set up.
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