Man arrested in connection to missing scholar; Zhang presumed dead – The Daily Illini

The FBI has arrested a suspect in the case of Yingying Zhang, a 26-year-old visiting Chinese scholar. Zhang is presumed dead, according to a press release from the Department of Justice.

Brendt Christensen, 28, was taken into custody. On Thursday, law enforcement officials overheard him explain that he kidnapped Zhang.

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Family of missing U. of Illinois student has theories on disappearance – CNN.com

(CNN)Yingying Zhang is so cautious, she warned her aunt in China to “be careful” when going out and to avoid using shared ride services.

“You never know who it is,” Liqin Ye recalled her niece saying.

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Father of missing Chinese scholar: ‘Give my daughter back’ | Chicago Sun-Times

URBANA, Ill. — The father of a visiting Chinese scholar missing from the University of Illinois made an emotional appeal on Thursday for his 26-year-old child’s safe return, saying in an interview: “Give my daughter back.”

Yingying Zhang was last seen on a surveillance video getting into a black Saturn Astra in Urbana on the afternoon of June 9. Police have labeled the case a kidnapping but haven’t ruled out other scenarios.

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FBI believes missing U of I student was kidnapped – Wandtv.com

URBANA, Ill. (WAND) – The FBI continues to help in the search for a missing scholar from the University of Illinois. They are now treating the case as a kidnapping.

Officers say 26-year-old Yingying Zhang, a visitor from China, went missing Friday afternoon. Surveillance video showed her getting into a black Saturn Astra at around 2 p.m. at the corner of West Clark Street and North Goodwin Avenue. The car then drove away.

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UPDATE: Police seek information on car tied to missing UI scholar | News-Gazette.com

URBANA — University of Illinois Police are investigating whether UI agriculture scholar Yingying Zhang may have called a ride-hailing service Friday afternoon before she was reported missing, releasing a video showing her entering a black car along North Goodwin Avenue.

“That’s something we’re pursuing,” said UI Police spokesman Patrick Wade, though he said that is standard in any missing-person case. “There’s a thousand different scenarios that could have played out here. We have a lot more work to do before we can say what it was and what it wasn’t.”

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