Body found in Illinois River Saturday is male, LaSalle County Coroner announces

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Bloomington Police Department still asking for tips in disappearance of Jelani Day

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LASALLE COUNTY, Ill. (WMBD) — The LaSalle County Coroner identified a male body found in the Illinois River Saturday morning in LaSalle County.

Coroner Richard Ploch said an autopsy on the body revealed the person was a male, although their identity has yet to be determined. He said it will take several weeks and possibly months to confirm the identity due to the body’s condition.

At this time, the Illinois State Police Crime Scene Services will assist the LaSalle County Coroner Office and Sheriff’s Office with identifying the man found in the river through DNA means.

The incident will remain under investigation. Authorities also emphasized at this time, the case is separate from the search for Illinois State University graduate student Jelani Day.

Bloomington Police Department Public Information Officer John Fermon said the disappearance of Jelani Day is still an active investigation.

Fermon said detectives with BPD are searching through digital evidence including phone calls, emails and text messages to get any step closer to locating Day.

Anyone with information regarding Day’s disappearance is urged to call Bloomington Police Department dispatch at (309)-820-8888 or Detective Paul Jones at (309)-434-2548.

The La Salle County Coroner and La Salle County Sheriff’s Office are asking for information regarding the body found Saturday morning.

Anyone with information on that case is asked to come forward.

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