BLOOMINGTON — Police, family and friends continue to search for Illinois State University graduate student Jelani Day after he went missing last week. He was last on video camera on Aug. 24 at the Bone Student Center on campus.
A GoFundMe has also been started to help his family. His mother announced a $25,000 for finding him on Facebook and his family are asking for further donations to help in the search. As of Monday evening the GoFundMe had raised more than $4,300.
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ISU police posted on Facebook and Twitter Monday saying the search was on going. The department also clarified that there is not another female student missing, despite other rumors.
(1/2) Search for Jelani Day is ongoing & ISUPD is providing active support. Multiple PDs are collaborating to locate Jelani w BPD taking the lead. Univ students & staff canvassed the community w a missing person flier this weekend. Pls keep sharing & RT. Call 820-8888 w any info— IL State Univ Police (@ISUPolice) August 30, 2021
University community members, including other students in the Communications Sciences and Disorders’ Speech Pathology Program, put out fliers and canvased for information on where Day might be over the weekend.
His car was found by the Peru Police Department on Thursday in woods south of the Illinois Valley YMCA.
Day is a first semester graduate student in the program.
Police describe Day as a Black male with short black hair and some facial hair, brown eyes, 6-foot-2 and 180 pounds. The video from the student center shows him in a blue dress shirt, black pants, black pants, black belt and shoes with a blue face mask. He was driving a white 2019 Chrysler 300 with license plate CH74067.
Police are asking for anyone with information about Day or the location of his car between Aug. 24 and Thursday to contact the Bloomington Police Department. The public should contact Detective Paul Jones at (309)434-2548 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Kade Heather contributed reporting to this story.
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