Carmen Bolden Day had to wait a month to be able to see the body of her son, Jelani who was found dead in the Illinois River on Sept. 4. According to an article in the Chicago Sun-Times she had to wait so much to see her son’s body, Jelani, which was found dead in the Illinois River on Sept. 4.
Family members suspect foul play even though no suspects have been taken into police custody or questioned. According to Chicago TribuneThe 25-year old was a graduate from Alabama A&M. He was in his second semester at Illinois State University, where he studied speech pathology.
Day disappeared under mysterious conditions, according to police, and when the LaSalle County, Ill., coroners office contacted his mother, they went through a back and forth about dental records, and she was left more confused about the office’s procedures.
The Pantagraph, an Illinois newspaper based in Bloomington-Normal reported that there was a backlog of over 3,700 DNA cases as of August 31st. Results were available within an average of 81 days. The Illinois State Police and the LaSalle County Coroners Office has not been able to explain why Jelani Day’s results were not made available, even though they were “expedited.”
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Bolden Day accuses the coroner of moving at a slow pace, saying he barked at her, “Do you want us to identify your son or not?” Her attorney Hallie M. Bezner said that she told the coroner he had no right to speak to her client that way.
The next day, Jelani Day’s body was positively identified, but the Illinois River had badly decomposed the body as it lay there, according to the Sun-Times. According to the coroner, there were no eyeballs, his jawbone had been “sawed out” and Day was missing his front top and bottom teeth, and the organs were “completely liquefied” due to the amount of time the body was in the river.
Bezner said it’s possible the family’s private forensic pathologist will not be able to find a brain, organs, liver, or spleen. She stated that she is seeking scientific explanations for what happened to him.
Bezner told The Chicago Sun Times, “I’m really trying to ask questions and not go down the path of a lot of conspiracy because I think it’s easy to go that way.” Day’s mother did not view his body, but his grandmother and one of his brothers did. Bezner advised Day not to view the remains.
“He was in such bad shape,” she said. “It’s just a heartbreaking story, for sure.”
Bolden Day, a guest on ABC News, stated that “Whatever it takes” to discover what happened to Jelani. I want them to use all of their resources and tools to find out what happened with Jelani. He did not disappear into thine own ether.
Meanwhile, a Change.org petition is urging a federal investigation of Jelani Day’s death and more than 22,000 have signed. The FBI told The Pantagraph It is said to be assisting with the investigation. However, details are not available.