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'Our hearts are broken': Body found in Illinois River identified as missing graduate student Jelani Day
Sep 23, 2021 | USA Today
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A body found floating in the Illinois River was identified as Illinois State University graduate student Jelani "JJ" Day, authorities said Thursday.

Day's family had been pleading for help for weeks since he was reported missing on Aug. 25. They criticized authorities for not taking his disappearance as seriously as Gabby Petito, the aspiring blogger who died during a cross-country trip with her fiancé in a case that has mesmerized the country. 

Bloomington Police Department said Day's body was found Sept. 4 floating near the south bank of the Illinois River but the LaSalle County Coroner only Thursday identified the remains after using forensic dental identification and DNA testing. 

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