Jelani Day’s Cause Of Death, Revealed As “Drowning” Mom Says ‘My Son Did Not Put Himself In A River’


Jelani Day’s official cause of death ruled “Drowning”. According to CNN LaSalle County Coroner Richard Ploch wrote Monday, adding “the manner in which Mr. Day went into the Illinois River is currently unknown.”

Day, 25, was last seen at the Illinois State University campus in Normal on August 24 and his car was found two days later about 60 miles north of his home in Bloomington.

The graduate student’s body was found floating in the nearby Illinois River on September 4, but his remains weren’t identified until late September.

Questions remain about what happened to Day before his body was found.

Ploch wrote that the forensic exam of Day’s remains was less than optimal because of decomposition and the activity of river predators in the warm water.

According to NBC Chicago, Day’s mother, Carmen Bolden Day, also recently cited undisclosed discrepancies between an autopsy done by the LaSalle County Coroner’s office and an independent autopsy ordered by the family.

Reports had surfaced indicating Day’s body was missing several organs when an independent autopsy was ordered by the family, but Day’s mother and the coroner later dispelled those rumors.

Ploch told NBC 5 in a statement “some were severely decomposed due to the body being in the water,” but he noted that no organs were missing.

Still, Bolden Day said questions lingered following the two autopsies.

“There were contradicting facts from the first preliminary autopsy compared to the second independent autopsy, but this is not a case of organ harvesting, however, my son did not put himself in a river,” she said in a statement.

She did not comment further on the “contradicting facts” she cited between the autopsies, but continued her cry for answers.

“My son was murdered and my goal and purpose are to find out what happened and hold those responsible accountable!!!” Bolden Day wrote.

Bolden Day has also requested that the FBI get involved. She told CNN’s John Berman last week she wants the federal agency to lead since she cannot trust the local agencies involved in the investigation.

“I need to know what happened with my son,” she said.

He was studying to be a speech pathologist, according to his mother.

“Jelani, if you would have met him, anybody under the sound of my voice that would have met him, you would have loved Jelani,” she told CNN.

“Jelani was very driven, outspoken, but also he was the most caring, compassionate, protective son, grandson, brother, friend, cousin, nephew that you would have wanted to have. Jelani was one of a kind.”


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