Disappearance of Yingying Zhang

Jeffery ClarkCampus Ministry, News

Disappearance of Yingying Zhang

The University of Illinois Police Dept. is searching for Yingying Zhang, a 26-year-old visiting scholar who has been missing since June 9.
University of Illinois Police

On Friday, June 9, 2017, visiting scholar Yingying Zhang was reported missing. Video footage from University security cameras captured an image of Zhang voluntarily getting into a black Saturn Astra at the corner of Clark and Goodwin in Urbana at approximately 1404 Hrs. on that date. Zhang was last seen wearing a charcoal-colored ball cap, pink and white top, jeans and white tennis shoes, and carrying a black backpack.

If you have any information regarding these photos, vehicle information or anything else, please call 911 or contact the University of Illinois Police Department at 217-333-1216. Non-emergency information may also be emailed to police@illinois.edu.

You can also share information anonymously by contacting Champaign County Crime Stoppers at 373tips.com, calling 217-373-TIPS (8477) or by downloading the P3 Tips mobile app (for iOS or Android).

In this security video from the B-4 parking garage on North Goodwin Avenue, Urbana, just after 2 p.m. Friday, Ms. Zhang is seen standing on the east side of Goodwin Avenue as a black Saturn Astra (unknown year) pulls up beside her. She and the driver speak for some time before she enters the vehicle, which then continues north on Goodwin Avenue. The very last clip of the video is a closer view of the vehicle, just before picking up Ms. Zhang.

Yingying Zhang boarded an MTD Teal line bus at the south shelter at Orchard Downs at 1:35 p.m. on Friday, June 9. She exited the bus at Springfield and Mathews avenues in Urbana at 1:52 p.m. Friday. At the time, she was wearing a charcoal gray hat with a white logo on the front. She has shoulder length brown hair, glasses, and a white/pink flannel print long sleeve shirt, white undershirt, jeans, white shoes, and a navy backpack.

We encourage you to continue to share accurate information on social media and elsewhere, and consider printing and distributing this bulletin to local businesses and other highly-visible areas. The FBI has also published a poster available for download.

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