FBI offers up to $10,000 reward for info leading to missing scholar

FBI offers up to $10,000 reward for info leading to missing scholar

The Federal Bureau of Investigation announced Saturday night that it is offering a reward of up to $10,000 for information leading to the location of Yingying Zhang.

The 26-year-old University of Illinois research scholar visiting from China was last seen shortly after 2 p.m. Friday, June 9, in Urbana.

She was supposed to be going to an apartment complex on North Lincoln Avenue to sign a lease.

Surveillance cameras showed her getting into a black Saturn Astra four-door hatchback at the corner of West Clark Street and North Goodwin Avenue. It's believed a white man who had circled the area before talking to her was the driver.

She was last seen wearing a charcoal-colored baseball cap, a pink and white shirt, jeans and white tennis shoes. She was carrying a black backpack.

Zhang is about 5 feet, 4 inches tall, weighs 110 pounds and has black hair and brown eyes.

Anyone with information concerning Zhang's disappearance should call 1-800-CALL-FBI (1-800-225-5324) or go online to tips.fbi.gov.

Champaign County Crime Stoppers is also offering a reward for information that leads to her discovery. That number is 217-373-8477.

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annabellissimo wrote on June 17, 2017 at 9:06 pm

This is such a disturbing event. The thought which has become kind of a prayer occurs to me often, a "please find her, please find her" thought. Today my family was on a trip of about 3 hours across the state on major highways and then back home for a family visit out of town. Nowhere on that whole trip did we see one single billboard. We were around Champaign, Bloomington, Peoria. So WHERE are the billboards?? We wondered, too, about putting big signs at every rest stop in the region and putting the images on the sides of large semi-trucks. Somebody somewhere has to see that vehicle! Also, can't the police see the license plate number in the photo of the black vehicle? And can't the public be shown a larger, clearer picture of the vehicle - or one like it? The whole family found ourselves looking at every black vehicle passing on the highways that even slightly resembled the one pictured but it's hard to see the one in question very well from the photos. Please find her. Please find her. And please let her be safe and well.

rsp wrote on June 17, 2017 at 10:06 pm

They are going to put up billboards. Her friends have been putting up signs all over town and in the surrounding area. It's been in the Chicago papers. Those pictures of the car are enhanced. They can't make out the plates on it. It's a black Saturn Astra four-door hatchback. There aren't very many of them. Someone had to work on the car. Knows a neighbor with one that matches. Or knows someone who borrows one from a friend or family member. Even if it's not the right one it eliminates one and narrows down where they need to look.