The case of Yingying Zhang, the missing Chinese grad student, is still ongoing but the police have made some form of progress. Officers were able to find the vehicle she was last seen entering, a black Saturn Astra hatchback. Security footage from the school she was studying, the University of Illinois, showed her waiting by a tree before the vehicle approached her.
Although the FBI look at this case as a kidnapping, the campus police feel that it’s a missing persons case. “While we categorize this as a missing person case, the FBI may use different terminology to categorize its investigations, and kidnapping is one possibility of many that we are pursuing,” a statement said. “At this point in the investigation, there is no way to confirm exactly what happened, and we are not ruling anything out.”
Zhang’s disappearance has caused a huge commotion in China and the students of the University of Illinois, according to CNN. Many grad students from China frequent the school due to its good reputation and safety, so the sudden disappearance of Zhang has caused an understandable uproar. The media in China have taken the news seriously, with various chat groups set up so that people can share information about the missing student.
Someone even set up a Go Fund Me campaign to help the find the missing scholar, which will be used to assist the family’s funding. As of this writing, the campaign has already reached US$96,000 of it’s US$150,000 goal. It will be interesting to see if the money goes beyond the needed amount, since donors still have till the end of the month to donate.
Yingying Zhang was last seen on June 9, and had completed six weeks of her appointment as a scholar. The FBI are offering a US$10,000 reward for anyone who can find the missing Chinese grad student.
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