FBI Locates Car Related to Missing Chinese Scholar Case

New surveillance video shows missing U of I scholar right before her disappearance

Federal Bureau of Investigation spokesman Brad Ware declined to provide further details on the apparent breakthrough, including where and when the vehicle was found.

The case continues to attract widespread interest, with Zhang's family distributing new photos of the 26-year-old scholar, NBC News featuring the case on its online "Missing in America" page and 2,377 people pitching in more than $95,000 to help the family with expenses via a GoFundMe page.

One of more than 300,000 Chinese students and scholars attending United States universities, her disappearance has triggered widespread concern in China, with discussion of the case dominating both social and traditional media.

Local police and the Federal Bureau of Investigation say Zhang's case is top priority.

As Crime Online previously reported, the 26-year-old visiting Chinese graduate student was last seen on security cameras entering the passenger side of a black Saturn Astra four-door hatchback on the campus of University of IL at Urbana-Champaign 0n June 9. She was last seen wearing a charcoal-colored baseball cap, a pink and white top, jeans and white tennis shoes. She has black hair and brown eyes, is 110 pounds, and is 5 feet 4 inches tall. Police, though, haven't ruled out other scenarios.

The Chinese Students and Scholars Association plans to hold a walk and concert Thursday to show their concern for Zhang.

The FBI is investigating the suspected abduction of a Chinese graduate student in the USA state of IL.

A reward of up to US$10,000 is being offered for information leading to Zhang's location.

Crime Stoppers is offering a $40,000 reward for any information that leads to Zhang.

After traveling to the university from their home in Nanping, China, Zhang's family issued an emotional plea for the safe return of their daughter.

"We've been in the business, if you will, for more than 30 years".

Following the discovery, the Chinese Deputy Consul General in Chicago, Yu Peng, said his department has been working closely with the school, the police and the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the BBC reported.

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