Jelani Day.jpg

Bloomington Police Department.

The LaSalle County Coroner's Office says that 25-year-old Jelani Day died from drowning in the Illinois River. The coroner's office noted that the manner in which Day went into the river is currently unknown.

The coroner's office says that examination of Day's body was suboptimal due to the condition of the body, which was in the river during a period of warm weather. The coroner's office also also noted that there did not appear to be any injuries to Day's body that would have occurred before his death such as strangulation, or other signs of an altercation, natural disease, or significant drug intoxication.

Day, who was a graduate student at Illinois State University, was reported missing near the end of August. His abandoned car was found in some woods near LaSalle days later. His body was found in the Illinois River a few weeks after he was reported missing, although identification of the body took several more weeks.

The Rainbow Push Coalition, led by Civil Rights activist Rev. Jesse Jackson, will be holding a march in Peru to support Day's family and demand answers. The march starts at noon at the Peru Police Department and ends at the Illinois Valley YMCA, near where Day's car was found. Peru police have said they are working with the organization to ensure a peaceful march.