LaSalle County Sheriff’s Office continue to investigate the death of ISU Graduate student

Day was reported missing on August 25th, and his body was recovered from the Illinois River on September 4th. (Photo courtesy: HOI/ABC)

By Blake Haas

LASALLE COUNTY – The investigation into the death of Illinois State University graduate student Jelani Day continues after a dive team found no clues in the Illinois River.

Authorities say a dive team from the Plainfield Fire Department searched the Illinois River, where Day’s body was found, but the search provided no results.

The LaSalle County Sheriff’s office reports they continue to comb through hundreds of hours of surveillance video, looking for clues into how the graduate student died.

The multi-jurisdictional investigation includes Bloomington Police, Illinois State Police, The FBI’s Behavioral Analysis Unit, LaSalle County Sheriff’s Office, Peru Police, and the LaSalle County Coroner’s Office.

Anyone with information is encouraged to contact Bloomington Police or the LaSalle County Sheriff’s Office.

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