La Salle County sheriff: Dive team came up with no new clues in Jelani Day investigation

Investigators reviewing hundreds of hours of security video, sheriff says

Divers recently scoured the Illinois River where Jelani Day’s body was recovered, but turned up no new evidence.

Wednesday, the La Salle County Sheriff’s Office issued a press release stating the investigation into Day’s disappearance and death continues and “the multi-jurisdictional unit members meet and continue to follow up on the case daily.”

“Investigators are reviewing hundreds of hours of security video,” Sheriff Adam Diss wrote. “A search of the Illinois River by the Plainfield Fire Department Dive Team was conducted to look for any items pertaining to the case, but produced negative results.

Meanwhile, the public is asked to assist investigators with any tips or information by calling 815-433-2161.

The Multi-Jurisdictional Investigative Unit consists of members from the La Salle County Sheriff’s Office; Peru, La Salle and Bloomington police departments, Illinois State Police, La Salle County Coroner’s Office, and FBI’s Behavioral Analysis Unit.

Day, 25, an Illinois State University graduate student, was identified as the body found dead Sept. 4 in the Illinois River near the Route 251 bridge in Peru. Day, who was reported missing Aug. 25, was identified through forensic dental identification and DNA testing and comparison. Day’s vehicle was found Aug. 26 concealed in a wooded area near the Illinois Valley YMCA in Peru. Other items such as his wallet and an ISU lanyard also have been reported found in the La Salle-Peru area.

Tom Collins

Tom Collins

Tom Collins covers criminal justice in La Salle County.