Were organs taken from Jelani Day? Here’s everything you need to know if his postmortem reveals that he’s missing pieces.
Jelani Jesse Javontae Day was born on a pre-summer Saturday in June 1996. He was the fourth of his parents’ five children (Carmen and Seve Day). He was also the smallest of three men, weighing 7 pounds, 9 ounces, and standing 21 inches tall.
Were Jelani Day Organs Harvested?
For Jelani Day, a celebration of life will be held in downstate Danville, BLOOMINGTON, Illinois. Day 25 was discovered dead in the Illinois River in LaSalle County after missing in August from Illinois State University.
To commemorate Day, the community gathered Thursday night at Illinois State University for a memorial service.
The cause of death for Day has not been disclosed. Police and the FBI are currently investigating the matter.
Also, on Wednesday, October 6, at 6:11 p.m., students, teachers, and staff will be a tribute and balloon release for Jelani Day on The Quad.
Autopsy Shows Organs Missing – Body Parts
On September 23, 2021, officials verified that the bones discovered in the Illinois River on September 4, 2021, were those of Jelani Day. The question of why the identification took so long erupted on social media.
The Illinois State University student had been missing in Bloomington, Indiana, for almost a month.
The LaSalle County Coroner’s Office notified that DNA test results from the Illinois State Police crime laboratories were pending over two weeks after the corpse was discovered. The Day family would learn of Jelani’s death within the next week.
Jelani’s case has sparked international interest and hunts for leads, highlighting the difference in media coverage of missing white individuals vs. persons of color. It has also shed light on the anguish that families like Day’s have experienced due to the DNA test backlog.
It’s a well-known issue. For decades, Illinois has struggled to change a system that has left behind families of murder victims and sexual assault survivors. Several initiatives have been initiated to reduce the latency, and tens of millions of dollars in state funds have been invested in increasing lab facilities and workforce.
These figures add up to a frustrating reality for Day’s family and friends. Day’s mother, Carmen Bolden Day, has been vocal about how police efforts to find her son was inadequate.
Bolden Day urged the Bloomington police, LaSalle police, Peru police, and LaSalle County sheriff’s agencies to “perform your job” and find out what happened to Jelani during Thursday’s ISU memorial ceremony. She then requested that the ISP and the FBI verify that this occurred.
The FBI’s Behavioral Analysis Unit has already notified that it is cooperating with the inquiry. The CIA has not revealed any further information regarding its role.
Jelani Day went missing on August 25 after skipping classes at ISU, and his family ceased hearing from him, which his mother described as uncommon.
The LaSalle County Sheriff’s Office and the LaSalle County Coroner’s Office were called to the Illinois River in Peru on September 4 after a corpse was discovered on the south side. The Bloomington Police Department was also summoned to the site.
The following day, the police did an autopsy. Eighteen days later, on September 23, Bloomington Police revealed at a news conference that the corpse had been positively identified as Day’s.
According to LaSalle County Coroner Richard Ploch, autopsy submitted a sample from a bone obtained during the autopsy for DNA analysis the same day.
“From the outset, it was asked that the DNA testing be accelerated,” he added.
During the news conference, Officer John Fermon of the Bloomington Police Department stated that there were “problems” with DNA testing. He could not explain what those concerns were for the media.
When asked if the DNA backlog was to blame for the delay, ISP Chief Public Information Officer Beth Hundsdorfer stated in a statement that the Division of Forensic Services cannot comment on open cases and rejected an interview request. The message went on to say that “all situations are a priority.”
Following Day’s identification, some individuals complained that the wait had been too long.
Anntionetta Rountree, the co-chair of the Bloomington-Normal Afrosocialists and Socialists of Color Caucus, said that “we usually take the back seat” to people of color.
“We are never prioritized,” stated Rountree. “We know it’s important to them because they get the job done when it’s a case that’s significant to them.” “We always have to wait when it’s a person of color.”
There are still many unanswered questions regarding what happened to the young, ambitious doctor. The office of Coroner Ploch said that no additional updates about the inquiry were available since toxicology findings were incomplete.