伊利诺伊州验尸官确认尸体为失踪研究生 Jelani Day

拉萨尔县验尸官, 伊利诺伊州, on Thursday identified a body found earlier this month as missing graduate student 杰拉尼节.

The LaSalle County Coroner confirmed Day’s identity through forensic dental identification and DNA testing and comparison, the office said in a news release shared by the Bloomington Police Department. The cause of death remains unknown, 发布说, pending further investigation.
Day, a 25-year-old graduate student at Illinois State University whose mother said he aspired to become a speech pathologist, was reported missing on August 25 in Bloomington, 伊利诺伊州.
      Day’s mother had spoken out in recent days, pleading for more help finding Jelani after the massive wave of interest sparked in the case of Gabby Petito, which has highlighted the disparities between cases like Petito’s and those involving Black and brown missing persons.
        Carmen Bolden Day told HLN Petito’s case is important, 太, adding she understands the position Petito’s mother is in. But Day’s casedid not get that involvement,” 她说. “I didn’t get that attention.
            Day was last seen August 24, and his vehicle was located in Peru, 伊利诺伊州, a couple days later on August 26.
            After an initial search on August 26, members of the Illinois Search and Rescue Council conducted another search in the LaSalle-Peru area on September 4, at which point Day’s body was found in the Illinois River.

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