Police have recovered the body of a missing Illinois Black student after a month of missing, and the family alleges that officers were not taking her case as seriously as Gabby Petito.
Jelani Day, 25, a first-semester graduate student at Illinois State University, had been missing since August 24, having been last seen at a store in ISU and Bloomington.
His body was found on September 4 floating in the Illinois River where the car was found, however, it took about three weeks for the police to identify him, WGLT News informed of.
On Thursday, officials confirmed it was the day through forensic dental identification and DNA testing and comparison, the local news portal reported.
Dey’s case received widespread media coverage locally, however, when asked by the media, his mother said she was disappointed that her son’s case did not receive adequate resources compared to another case being reported nationally. .
“But don’t you see us? Don’t you see me? Don’t you see my son?” He asked.
His reference was to the case of Gabby Petito, which has been receiving hours of media coverage as the FBI searched for the 22-year-old girl day and night.
Dey’s brother D’Andre De also told NBC News That makes it difficult to see the difference in treatment between the two missing persons cases.
“I understand what [Petito’s] The family is passing because we are going through that phase now,” he was quoted as saying NBC as saying.
“Jelani didn’t disappear. No one knows what happened. Somebody needs to report what happened,” he said. “We need everyone involved, the same way they were with Gabby.”
After these statements of the relatives, the police confirmed the identity of the body. However, the cause of death in Dey’s case is still unclear.
Bloomington Police Public Information Officer John Fermon told news reporters during a virtual news conference that his disappearance and his death were “very suspicious”.
“We can all agree that it was very suspicious, unlike him,” said Mr Furman. “It was one of those things, was it dishonest or not?”
Mr Fermon also acknowledged criticism from the Dey family that the matter had not been given enough attention in the past.
“A lot of our high-risk missing persons here in the city don’t get the attention (they) deserve either,” said Mr. Furman. “I’m glad it got out there. We’ll take the criticism.”
The FBI is now involved in the case, however, it is unclear when the agency was brought in.
Credit: www.independent.co.uk / Illinois