Illinois grad student remains missing after nearly a month, police ask public for help

Amid the disappearance of 22-year-old Gabby Petito and subsequent discovery of her body on Sunday, Illinois investigators have been searching for a 25-year-old graduate student for nearly a month.

Jelani Day, 25, was last seen in Bloomington on August 24. After he failed to show up at class several days ago, his family reported him missing in Danville.

Now, police continue to search for Day. Bloomington police said Monday that they need tips from the public to aid the ongoing search for Day, whose car was found August 26 in a wooded area in Peru, about 60 miles north of Bloomington.

” We are looking for any information, no matter how simple, such as “Hey, we saw him walk last month on the Quad'” or similar. John Fermon is a Bloomington Police Department public information officer.

Day’s mother Carmen Bolden Day said that it is not unusual for him to go missing without telling anyone about whereabouts.

She stated that her son wanted to be a doctor, and that he was currently attending Illinois State University for his master’s in speech pathology.

“He needs to return home in order for him to continue his path of becoming Dr. Jelani day,” she stated.

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Earlier this month, investigators found a body during the search for Day. Two weeks after Day’s disappearance, LaSalle County Coroner’s Office released no identification of the body. They said that it could be several weeks.

Day’s mother told WGLT she thinks that investigators have lost momentum after the discovery of the body.

” “It doesn’t appear to me that investigators are pushing to continue looking for my son” she stated.

Bolden day also stated to the station that she felt a discrepancy between what Petito received in coverage and the attention her son gets. These comments did not diminish the suffering of Petito’s loved ones, but she clarified that they were meant to be supportive.

“Do you see us? Are you not able to see my son? Are you seeing my son? Bolden Day said. Bolden Day said, “He is loved. He is loved. He’s important.”

Fox News reached out to the Bloomington Police Department as well as the LaSalle County Coroner’s Office for comments.

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Anyone with information should contact BPD Detective Paul Jones at 309-434-2548.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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