Man charged in disappearance of missing Chinese student at Univ. of Illinois

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YingYing Zhang

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) – Authorities say a man has been charged in Illinois with kidnapping a visiting Chinese scholar who disappeared three weeks ago.

Federal authorities say a criminal complaint charges 27-year-old Brendt Christensen of Champaign, Illinois with kidnapping Yingying Zhang on June 9, 2017.

In its court filing in U.S. District Court in Springfield, the FBI alleges Christensen was driving the black auto observed on security camera video as it stopped next to Zhang at a corner near the University of Illinois.

Zhang is observed on video entering the front passenger side of the vehicle.

The affidavit says on Thursday, while Christensen was under surveillance, agents overheard him explaining that he kidnapped Zhang. Authorities say based on this and other facts uncovered during the investigation, agents believe Ms. Zhang is no longer alive.