Federal Bureau of Investigation finds vehicle connected to missing Chinese scholar's disappearance

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

University police said Zhang got off a public bus moments before the 4-door hatchback pulled up in front of her on the north end of campus.

The recent development in the case is that the Federal Bureau of Investigation has found the vehicle, a black Saturn Astra, in which she was last seen getting into before she went missing.

Nearly more than 300,000 Chinese students and scholars are attending U.S. universities and disappearance of Yingying Zhang has triggered widespread concern in China, with discussion of the case dominating both social and traditional media.

On Tuesday the Federal Bureau of Investigation announced it had found the Saturn, but would not say where it was or to whom the vehicle belonged.

"The Consulate General of The People's Republic of China in Chicago has been in close contact with UIUC, police department and Federal Bureau of Investigation".

The University of Illinois Police Department is searching for Yingying Zhang, a 26-year-old visiting scholar who has been missing since June 9, 2017.

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The FBI said the male driver circled the area several times before approaching Zhang, CNN reported.

The FBI has located the vehicle that a missing Chinese scholar studying at the University of IL was last seen getting into earlier this month, the FBI said Tuesday.

Investigators continue to ask for the public's help for information that might lead to Zhang's whereabouts.

Approximately six weeks prior to her disappearance, Zhang arrived at the University of IL to begin a yearlong appointment as a scholar in the Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences.

Zhang's father, Ronggao Zhang, travelled from Nanping, China, to the United States to find his daughter. A spokesman said the university has provided apartments for Zhang's family and the Chinese Student Scholars Association is providing meals.

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

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