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Carmen Bolden Day, mother of Jelani Day, recounts the last phone call she had with her son before his disappearance. Several people gathered on Wednesday to search for the missing Illinois State University student outside the Beyond / Hello cannabis dispensary.

BLOOMINGTON – For Carmen Bolden Day, no amount of money is worth keeping if she can’t get her son back.

On Wednesday, she and others continued to search for Jelani Day, a missing Illinois State University student, walking the grounds near the Beyond / Hello cannabis dispensary at 1515 N. Veterans Parkway, Bloomington.

Jelani Day, a graduate student with his family from Danville, was caught on a company security camera on August 24, a day before his family reported his disappearance. He hadn’t attended classes for several days.

This video again shows Jelani Day at Beyond / Hello in Bloomington around 9:15 a.m. on August 24. Bloomington Police are asking anyone who saw him after this to contact them.

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Police said her 2019 Chrysler 300 was found on Aug. 26 in the woods south of the Illinois Valley YMCA in Peru, about 60 miles north of Bloomington-Normal. But some of her personal items are still missing, and her mother said she was looking on Wednesday for anything that could link her to her son.

His mother announced Monday that a reward of $ 25,000 was offered for any information leading to his location. A GoFundMe account was also created and raised $ 5,850 late Wednesday afternoon; Day said donated funds will be added to this reward amount.

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Carmen Day said on Wednesday that she had not spoken with her son for eight days, adding that he usually spoke daily with his two brothers and two sisters.

The last time he spoke with his mother, he told her on a phone call: “I just wanted to hear your voice,” she said.

“My daughter said the other day, it’s been too many days since she heard from her brother,” said Carmen Day, adding that it was different from Jelani not to contact her family as well. long time.

Jelani Day graduated from the Agricultural and Mechanical University of Alabama at the top of her class, her mother said.

“My son is 25 and he always shows his mother his report card,” she said.

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Several of Jelani’s still missing items include a red and white ISU lanyard with an Omega Psi Phi keychain; a black, worn-out wallet; and a blue iPhone 12 Max without a protective case, her mother said.

“I’m just begging whoever knows something or whoever has it, let him go,” she said.


Left to right, Emersen Davis, Carmen Bolden Day, Seve Day, Breon Boyd and Terri Davis search for all traces of Illinois State University graduate student Jelani Day, who was reported missing on August 25 by Bloomington police. The group met at noon on Wednesday in the parking lot of the Beyond / Hello Cannabis Dispensary at 1515 N. Veterans Parkway. Detectives released new security camera stills of Jelani Day which were taken at this store on August 24.

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She also sought help from Apple, saying she had had “the worst time” for the tech company to locate her son’s phone for her.

Seven Day joined the research team from Champaign. He said his brother Jelani was “very vocal, very rambunctious”.

“Nothing about it is fair,” he continued.

Andrea Rosales of Bloomington also joined the group to continue the research. As a mother, she said, she prayed for Jelani Day’s whole family.

“In these kinds of situations, we all have to come together,” Rosales said. “If I was the one going through this situation, I would appreciate any help I could get.”

Several celebrities have shared information on social media about Day’s disappearance, including Shaquille O’Neal and singer Keri Hilson.

Bloomington Police said on August 26 that they were seeking public assistance in the search, and the agency released new video footage of Jelani Day on Tuesday. Officer John Fermon said on Wednesday their detectives were sifting through advice and seeking more information.


Pictured is a white 2019 Chrysler 300 owned by Jelani JJ Day, 25, who went missing on August 25. Bloomington Police said law enforcement continues to search for him.


“We just need some advice, just one thing to help locate it,” Fermon said. “We have detectives reviewing the information, and we do our best to sift through our information and use investigative techniques.”

Jelani Day is described by police as a black man with short dark hair with some facial hair, brown eyes, 6 feet and 2 inches tall and weighing 180 pounds. Anyone with information should contact Detective Paul Jones at (309) 434-2548 or [email protected]

Contact Brendan Denison at (309) 820-3238. Follow Brendan Denison on Twitter: @BrendanDenison

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