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IL YINGYING ZHANG: Missing from Urbana/Champaign, IL - 9 June 2017 - Age 27 *Christensen GUILTY*

Discussion in 'Missing 2015 to Present' started by TripleA, Jun 14, 2017.

  1. TripleA

    TripleA Zoo Keeper

    "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.”

    Police are seeking the public’s help in identifying the vehicle, a black Saturn Astra."



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  3. SheWhoMustNotBeNamed

    SheWhoMustNotBeNamed Administrator Staff Member

    Hunt continues for Chinese student at Illinois university who went missing FIVE days ago when she went to sign a lease

    A Chinese visiting student at the University of Illinois' Urbana-Champaign campus has been missing since Friday, police have said.

    Yingying Zhang's friends reached out to police Saturday after they hadn't heard from her since Friday afternoon, when she was headed to an apartment complex to sign a lease.

    University of Illinois Police released a video on Monday showing the 26-year-old getting into a black Saturn Astra in Urbana around 2pm on Friday, just after getting off a bus.

    The video, taken from surveillance at a nearby parking garage, shows Zhang standing on the road when the car pulls up beside her. She then has a brief chat with the driver before getting into the car.

    Police are looking at her cellphone records and investigating whether the car may have been an Uber or other ride-sharing vehicle.

    Zhang is a visiting student at the Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences.


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  4. SheWhoMustNotBeNamed

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    My first thought was an Uber/Lyft. Should be relatively easy to get access to those records.
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  5. Kimster

    Kimster Director Staff Member

    How does that work? I hear about Uber all the time, and it doesn't sound very safe to me.
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  6. TripleA

    TripleA Zoo Keeper

    Considering the rental agent that she was meeting as well. Maybe it was a ruse?
  7. SheWhoMustNotBeNamed

    SheWhoMustNotBeNamed Administrator Staff Member

    It's pretty cool. Just like a more modern way to get a "taxi". Instead of standing on a corner hoping to hail a taxi, you just load the app onto your phone and you can "summon" one to you. They send you info on your driver, including their name, vehicle, and picture so you know who's supposed to be picking you up and you don't just get into a random car. Uber and Lyft do some form of background check on the drivers and have info on all of their drivers and keeps records of all of their fares picked up through the app.

    Yes, there are potential dangers. And yes, there have been issues with ride-share apps. But it's a pretty common thing these days. I've used them before and I'll likely use them again.
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  8. Kimster

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    I feel better knowing they do some kind of background checks on them. :thankyou:
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  9. Eridralie

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    My daughter does Uber and Lyft. You have to have a background check done and your car has to pass an inspection. The app tells who gets picked up where.
    I am pretty close to champaign and there are rumors in the comments on the Facebook U of I police posts (sightings).
    Here is the police website and at bottom you can find their Facebook
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  10. Scorpio

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    On UIUC's Reddit page, a user named "rosabel34" said the driver of a black sedan had approached a friend of hers on Friday as well and "she reported it to the police". According to her friend's Facebook post, the man had a badge on a chain under his shirt and claimed to be an undercover police officer. He "asked me to come up to his car so he could ask me a few questions, which I refused to do," she posted.

    This doesn't look good. :(
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    FBI investigates scholar's disappearance as kidnapping

    URBANA, Ill. --The FBI is investigating the disappearance of a Chinese woman from a central Illinois university town as a kidnapping. Yingying Zhang, 26, was about a month into a yearlong appointment at the University of Illinois' Urbana-Champaign campus when she vanished June 9. Her friends told police she had gone out to sign an apartment lease. Campus police spokesman Patrick Wade said the FBI has labeled the case a kidnapping but isn't ruling out anything. University police released surveillance video Monday showing Zhang getting off a bus in Urbana the afternoon of June 9 and entering a black Saturn Astra vehicle shortly thereafter. Authorities have asked the public for help identifying that vehicle.

    "We have her on video getting into a car and that's the last we see of her. That's obviously very concerning," Wade told The (Champaign) News-Gazette. He said at least four FBI agents are in Urbana working on the case and helping Illinois State Police sort through tips and other information. Detectives were also examining Zhang's cellphone records and working with ride-hailing companies such as Uber to see if she may
    have called for a ride.

    The FBI plans to post information about Zhang on billboards across Illinois and in the Indianapolis and St. Louis areas through an agreement with an outdoor advertising company, Wade said. Zhang, who is from Jianyang, China, was working in the University of Illinois' Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences, researching photosynthesis and crop productivity. Campus spokeswoman Robin Kaler said her appointment as a visiting scholar runs through April 2018.
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  14. Scorpio

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    You can see Yingying standing next to a tree when the car shows up. She speaks to the driver for a while, and gets in the passenger seat.
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  15. SheWhoMustNotBeNamed

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    FBI offering reward for information on missing U. of I. scholar

    The FBI is offering a reward of up to $10,000 for information that helps authorities locate Yingying Zhang, a visiting scholar at the University of Illinois who went missing from the Urbana-Champaign campus more than a week ago.

    U. of I. Police recovered security footage from a parking deck that shows a black Saturn Astra four-door hatchback pulling up alongside Zhang as she stood on the sidewalk near North Goodwin Avenue and West Clark Street. The video shows Zhang speaking with the driver for several moments, then getting inside the car. The vehicle then drives north on Goodwin Avenue.

    The car approached her about four blocks from where she got off the bus.

    The FBI has classified Zhang's disappearance as a kidnapping investigation, and authorities have said the suspect vehicle circled the area before approaching Zhang.

    Authorities are working to identify the car's license plate and the driver, who appeared to be a white male.

    The FBI is asking that anyone with information on Zhang's disappearance contact the agency 1-800-CALLFBI (1-800-225-5324) or tips.fbi.gov. People also can provide information anonymously through Champaign County Crime Stoppers at 217-373-TIPS (217-373-8477), 373tips.com or via the P3 Tips mobile app.

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  16. SheWhoMustNotBeNamed

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    $40,000 reward offered for information in scholar kidnapping

    Champaign County Crime Stoppers and University of Illinois officials say a $40,000 reward is being offered for information leading to the arrest of the person(s) involved in the apparent kidnapping of Yingying Zhang.

    The reward was announced during a conference at the Illinois Fire Service Institute, and comes at the request of the Zhang family. The money for the reward was raised by the community to assist the Zhang family, but the family requested that the money be used as a reward for information that will solve this disappearance.

    Additionally, the FBI is offering a separate $10,000 reward for information leading to an arrest.


    Crime Stoppers offers largest reward in its history for kidnapped student

    Champaign County Crime Stoppers is offering up to $40,000 for information leading to an arrest in the case of kidnapped U of I scholar, YingYing Zhang. It's the largest in the organization's history.

    Law enforcement and the University held a press conference Monday evening to make the announcement. Police say they are following leads, but can't discuss particulars about the case.

    The visiting U of I scholar has been missing for 10 days. On Monday night, her family joined officials to plead for tips. About $70,000 has been raised so far.

    This weekend, Zhang's father, aunt, and boyfriend flew in from China to meet with investigators. Zhang's father says he doesn't plan to leave the country until he finds her.

    Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers. Tipsters are always 100% completely anonymous.

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  19. SheWhoMustNotBeNamed

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    FBI: Search for missing Chinese scholar is agency priority

    The FBI says the search for a visiting Chinese scholar missing from the University of Illinois is a national priority for the agency.

    Jon Holloway, assistant special agent in charge of criminal investigation at the Springfield FBI office, discussed the FBI's efforts Thursday night at a campus meeting about 26-year-old Yingying Zhang's disappearance.

    Holloway says updates are being regularly sent to the office of the FBI's acting director and U.S. field offices.

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  20. Kimster

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    Yingying Zhang was last seen the afternoon of June 9 getting into a black Saturn Astra in Urbana. Police have dubbed it a kidnapping case but have not dismissed other scenarios.

    “Give my daughter back,” said Ronggao Zhang , directly addressing his 26-year-old child.

    Ronggao Zhang arrived in Central Illinois from China on Saturday and spoke to the (Champaign) News Gazette through a translator while YingYing’s aunt, Liqin Le, cried quietly by his side.

    “Ying be strong,” the father said. “Dad is waiting for you here. I hope that being a good person you will be safe forever.”
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