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FBI offering $10,000 reward in Jelani Day case

FBI Jelani Day poster
Federal Bureau of Investigation

The FBI has announced a $10,000 reward for information in the death of Jelani Day.

The announcement was made Monday by the Jelani Day Joint Task Force (JDJTF). The JDJTF is a multijurisdictional unit that includes departments from Bloomington, LaSalle, Peru, and the Chicago division of the FBI.

The $10,000 reward is being offered for “substantial information regarding Day’s final hours leading to the identification of new witnesses or evidence in this case.” According to the announcement, investigators believe the full cooperation of the public and Day’s close contacts may be key to understanding the facts and circumstances surrounding his death.

Day was found dead in the Illinois River on Sept. 4 following a disappearance. His family has called for his death to be investigated as a homicide.

The task force investigating Day's death also said it will launch a "coordinated, nationwide, multi-platform social media campaign to identify new leads” in the case.

The JDJTF is asking the public to submit tips —even anonymously— through 1-800-CALL-FBI.

Sarah Nardi is a WGLT reporter. She previously worked for the Chicago Reader covering Arts & Culture.