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FBI investigates Chinese woman’s disappearance as kidnapping

URBANA, Ill. - Police say the FBI is investigating the disappearance of a Chinese woman from a central Illinois university town as a kidnapping.

Twenty-six-year-old Yingying Zhang was about a month into a yearlong appointment at the University of Illinois' Urbana-Champaign when she disappeared June 9.

University police released surveillance video Monday showing Zhang entering a black Saturn Astra vehicle in Urbana that afternoon. Her friends told police she had gone out to sign a lease.

Campus police spokesman Patrick Wade told The Champaign News-Gazette that the FBI has labeled the case a kidnapping, but is not ruling anything out.

Wade says the FBI plans to post information on billboards across Illinois and in the Indianapolis and St. Louis areas about Zhang, who is a crop productivity researcher from Jianyang, China.
Information from: The News-Gazette,