Jelani Day, an aspiring health care professional, was found dead on September 4 while floating in the Illinois River with missing organs
BLOOMINGTON, ILLINOIS: People have long argued about the fact that missing colored people receive less attention (and consequently less time and resources from the authorities) compared to missing white people. With national coverage of the Gabby Petito case, this debate has returned to national consciousness as many began to compare the Gabby Petito case with that of Jelani Day, a black doctoral student. He was reported missing on August 25, before being found dead with organs missing in the Illinois River on September 4.
Additionally, people compared how Petito’s identification was completed within two days after her remains were found in a Wyoming national park on Sept. 19. However, it took authorities 19 days to identify the 25-year-old Illinois State University graduate. Day’s autopsy, performed by a private forensic pathologist, revealed that the body had no eyeballs, only sockets. It was also said that no brain, liver, and spleen were found in the corpse.
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