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I'm pissed: Mother speaks out after police identify her missing son's body

A body found in a river in early September has finally been identified as missing 25-year-old graduate student Jelani Day. His mother Carmen Bolden Day spoke to CNN about how she learned her son's body had been identified. She says authorities should have worked harder to find her son, who was first reported missing on August 25 in Bloomington, Illinois.
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‘Pretty Suspicious': Police Say ‘Unusual Circumstances' Surround Jelani Day's Death

One thing stands out as particularly unusual to police as they investigate the disappearance and death of Illinois State University graduate student Jelani Day. Calling the circumstances surrounding Day's death "suspicious," Bloomington Police public information officer John Fermon said the location where Day's car was found before his body was discovered in the Illinois River days later was notable to investigating officers.
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Jelani Day Case: Officials Identify Body Found in Illinois River

Police reported Thursday that a corpse discovered earlier this month has been identified as missing graduate student Jelani Day. Last month, the 25-year-old was reported missing. “At this moment there are more questions than answers surrounding Jelani’s disappearance and death, and that is where we will focus our energy,” Day’s...

Bloomington Police investigating early morning shooting

BLOOMINGTON – Bloomington Police detectives are probing a shooting incident early Friday morning. Authorities say officers responded to the 700 block of North Roosevelt Street for a “shots fired” call around 12:20 a.m. According to a news release, detectives discovered an occupied residence, and an unoccupied vehicle was struck by...

Atlanta woman charged with meth delivery

BLOOMINGTON — An Atlanta woman was released from custody Friday on methamphetamine charges. Michelle Lovelett-White, 32, is charged with two counts each of unlawful delivery of methamphetamine and unlawful possession of methamphetamine with the intent to deliver. She is accused of distributing between 5 and 15 grams, as well as...

Home, vehicle hit after shots fired in Bloomington

BLOOMINGTON — Police in Bloomington are investigating after a home was shot at early Friday morning. Watch now: Body found in Illinois River is Jelani Day, who went missing 4 weeks ago Saturday. A press release from the Bloomington Police Department said officers were called out at 12:20 a.m. to...

Mother of ISU student Jelani Day seeks answers in his death

BLOOMINGTON, Ill. (WTVO) — The mother of Jelani Day, a student at Illinois State University who was found dead in a river, says she is still searching for answers about his death. Day, a graduate student at ISU, wanted to become a speech pathologist, his mother said. After he was...

Law enforcement agencies on timeline of Jelani Day body ID

BLOOMINGTON (Heart of Illinois ABC) -- Law enforcement agencies are pointing to a backlog of DNA cases that could have delayed final identification of Jelani Day's body. Day's body was found in the Illinois River around three weeks ago, but it wasn't identified until Thursday. Officer John Fermon with the...