CHICAGO — Joint Task Force Jelani Day (JDJTF) announced today, December 13, 2021, enhanced measures to identify new leads related to the Jelani Day investigation. Illinois State University student Jelani Jesse Javonte Day was reported missing on August 25, 2021, after failing to resend messages from a professor and his family. A subsequent investigation determined that Day was last seen on the morning of August 24, at a retail store near the intersection of Veterans Parkway and General Electric Road in Bloomington, Illinois. Law enforcement conducted extensive ground and aerial searches after Day’s disappearance. His body was finally discovered on September 4, 2021 in the Illinois River in Peru, Illinois, and positively identified on September 23, 2021.
To complement the forensic, analytical and technological investigation techniques already used in the Day investigation, the JDJTF is engaged in a coordinated, national and multiplatform campaign on social networks to identify new leads. Additionally, the JDJTF is posting an investigative poster on the FBI’s Seeking Information website seeking advice from the public and offering a reward of up to $ 10,000 for substantive information regarding Day’s final hours leading up to the identification of new witnesses or evidence in this case. Investigators believe that the full cooperation of the public and Day’s close contact may be key to understanding the facts and circumstances surrounding Day’s death. The JDJTF asks the public to submit tips, even anonymously, through 1-800-CALL-FBI.
The JDJTF is an interagency task force made up of local, state, and federal law enforcement agencies that work closely to coordinate investigative efforts across jurisdictions. Current members include Bloomington Police Department, Peru Police Department, Federal Bureau of Investigation – Chicago Division, Lasalle County Sheriff’s Office, LaSalle City Police Department, the State of Illinois and the Office of the Attorney General of Illinois.