Missing scholar labeled a ‘kidnapping’, reward offered (video)

A scholar visiting from Jianyang, China has disappeared from the University of Illinois, and the FBI is offering a $10,000 reward for information that helps authorities locate her.

Yingying Zhang, 26, disappeared on the afternoon of June 9. According to the FBI:

Security cameras captured her getting into a car at the corner of West Clark Street and North Goodwin Avenue around 2:04 p.m. that day.

Zhang was last seen wearing a charcoal-colored baseball hat, a pink-and-white top, jeans, and white tennis shoes. She carried a black backpack.

The suspect’s vehicle is described as a black Saturn Astra four-door hatchback. It appeared to be driven by a White male, and circled the area prior to making contact with Zhang.

The suspect’s vehicle, a black Saturn Astra

Authorities aren’t ruling out other possibilities, but for now they have labeled the case a kidnapping.

Zhang had only been in the States for about a month, and was scheduled to be at the central Illinois university for a year. She was working in the university’s Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences, researching photosynthesis and crop productivity.

The surveillance video can be viewed below.


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