University of Illinois Student Was Kidnapped, FBI Says; Reward Offered


The FBI is offering a reward of up to $10,000 for information leading to the location of Yingying Zhang.

Yingying Zhang, a visiting scholar to the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, was last seen on Friday, June 9, 2017, in Urbana, Illinois. Security cameras captured her getting into a car at the corner of West Clark Street and North Goodwin Avenue around 2:04 p.m. that day.

Zhang was last seen wearing a charcoal-colored baseball hat, a pink-and-white top, jeans, and white tennis shoes. She carried a black backpack.

The suspect’s vehicle is described as a black Saturn Astra four-door hatchback. It appeared to be driven by a White male, and circled the area prior to making contact with Zhang.


Zhang¬†is from Jianyang, China¬†and was ‘working in the University of Illinois’ Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences, researching photosynthesis and crop productivity,’ ABC Chicago reported.

If you have any information concerning this case, please contact the FBI’s Toll-Free Tipline at 1-800-CALL-FBI (1-800-225-5324) or the Springfield Office of the FBI at (217) 522-9675.