United States dollars 40K reward offered for information on Chinese scholar's kidnapping


The $40,000 reward is not associated with the FBI's $10,000 reward for those with information on the case.

URBANA, Ill. (AP) - Officials and the family of a Chinese scholar are offering $40,000 for information leading to an arrest in the disappearance of the woman from the University of IL. She's from Jianyang, China.

The Champaign County, Illinois branch of Crime Stoppers is offering the biggest reward in its history in the search for a visiting student from China who disappeared more than a week ago. Crime Stoppers President John Hecker says the record reward was raised with the help of a GoFundMe page. Police say they are following leads, but can't discuss particulars about the case.

It was initially reported that the money raised through Gofundme would also help Zhang's family with living expenses during their time in the US. Police said the FBI is investigating the disappearance of Zhang, a Chinese woman from a central IL university town, as a kidnapping.

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Yingying Zhang, 26, was last seen stepping into a vehicle at the edge of the campus in Urbana-Champaign on June 9, according to the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

Ronggao reportedly told the Beijing Youth Daily that "when my daughter is found, I will never let her go back to the U.S". Friends and family have not heard from Zhang since, and authorities are treating her disappearance as a kidnapping.

UIPD released video footage of Zhang entering a black Saturn Astra on Goodwin Ave.in Urbana.