Mystery of missing Chinese scholar shakes up Illinois school

Father of missing Chinese scholar: 'Give my daughter back'

Yingying's boyfriend, Xiaolin Hou, her father and aunt are all staying in university housing while the search unfolds.

Jon Holloway, assistant special agent in charge of criminal investigation at the Springfield FBI office, discussed the FBI's efforts Thursday night at a campus meeting about 26-year-old Yingying Zhang's disappearance.

The aunt of a visiting Chinese scholar missing from the University of IL in Champaign-Urbana says the family believes she'll come back. Surveillance video shows her entering a black Saturn Astra in Urbana June 9 in the afternoon.

"Give my daughter back", Zhang's father said through an interpreter in an emotional appeal for finding his daughter in an interview with The News Gazette.

Family, best friend and boyfriend of missing, visiting scholar, Yingying Zhang, share their story during an interview with The News-Gazette on Thursday, June 22, 2017.

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"Ying be strong", the father said. Hou said, "We're hoping to learn about the progress of the case".

Missing University of IL student Ying-Ying Zhang disappeared earlier this month, and her family held a candlelight vigil in Chicago's Chinatown neighborhood on Saturday night. "We're not leaving without her".

Police Chief Jeff Christensen said this week detectives "continue to make progress", though would not share details in the investigation to "maintain its integrity and direction".

UIPD is seeking help in their search for Yingying Zhang, a visiting scholar. Her father has worked as a driver for an electrical company and a taxi driver in China. Her goal is to become a professor at a university either in the USA or back in China, according to Yang.

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