CHICAGO (TOC) — On the skin, Carmen Bolden Day seems robust and unrelenting, however deep down Jelani Day’s mom stated her coronary heart breaks every day as a result of she nonetheless does not know what occurred to her son.
Day was a graduate scholar learning speech pathology at Illinois State College. He was final seen on the campus on August 24, 2021. The following morning, Bolden stated he did not reply his calls.
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“If I textual content him, Jelani would textual content me again, let me know, ‘Mother I’ll name you proper again,’ or he would name me, however I did not get a textual content again. So I simply went into panic mode,” she stated.
The final sighting of him was captured on surveillance video, exhibiting him ready in line at a marijuana dispensary in Bloomington. Days later police discovered his automotive in a wooded space in Peru, Illinois, about 60 miles north of campus.
“I feel again on these days, and I get indignant as a result of I did not obtain the assistance and help from the police right here,” Bolden Day stated.
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She stated she initiated her personal searches with the assistance of household and folks on social media, however she may solely achieve this a lot.
“I nonetheless did not go all the way down to that river. And I ought to have,” she stated.
Almost two weeks after his disappearance, Day’s physique was discovered within the Illinois River almost two miles from the place his automotive was found. The coroner dominated his reason for dying to be drowning, however Bolden Day is for certain he didn’t die by suicide.
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“It is foul play. Completely. And any individual’s overlaying up one thing for any individual, as a result of none of this is sensible,” she stated.
Bolden Day stated the delays in her son’s case have been unacceptable; particularly, the delay accessing his telephone.
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“The FBI has the telephone and so they cannot unlock it,” Bolden Day stated. “His radio from his automotive, which is meant to be an important factor that may truly, they consider that it may possibly inform the place the automotive was, they declare that this radio is in Quantico however it’s on a two-year backlog.”
ABC7 requested the FBI about these items of proof, however the company stated it may possibly’t touch upon lively investigations. Bolden Day stated her son’s automotive must be sitting in a safer space.
The Peru Police Division would not inform the I-Workforce why Day’s automotive is sitting exterior and wouldn’t converse on digicam, however did give an announcement on behalf of the Jelani Day Joint Taskforce saying partly, “Advanced dying investigations take time to completely examine, and the Jelani Day Joint Process Pressure is using all out there investigative methods to convey this case to a decision as quickly as potential. The duty power continues to solicit ideas from the general public, and the $10,000 reward for substantial data relating to Day’s last hours stays lively.”
Regardless of many questions that stay unanswered, Bolden Day stated she will not develop weary, and that she owes it to her son to maintain going.
“I like him,” she stated. “I would like him to know I am not going to let folks overlook about him. I’ll discover out what occurred to him.”
The FBI continues to be taking recommendations on Jelani Day’s case. If in case you have any data, name 1-800-CALL-FBI.
Bolden Day is launching the Jelani Day Basis, which helps households of lacking folks of shade get the help and a spotlight they should discover their family members. It will likely be launched on Saturday at an occasion on ISU’s campus.
For extra data, go to thejelanidayfoundation.org.
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