Published: Mon, July 03, 2017
Global | By Maureen Mccoy

Federal Bureau of Investigation arrest suspect in case of missing Chinese scholar

Federal Bureau of Investigation arrest suspect in case of missing Chinese scholar

Zhang was seen entering the passenger side of the vehicle on June 9 which is her last known sighting.

Initially, law enforcement had few leads into Zhang's June 9 disappearance, but surveillance video at the University of IL showed her getting into a black Saturn Astra, which ultimately led investigators to Christensen.

On his charge sheet, the intelligence agency stated that Christensen had been overheard on Thursday explaining that he kidnapped Zhang. Authorities say based on that and other facts uncovered during the investigation, agents believe Zhang is no longer alive.

Ying Ying Zhang was set to start her PHD this fall in agricultural science at the University of IL. She was picked up "at the corner of West Clark Street and North Goodwin Avenue". The Federal Bureau of Investigations said it has located the vehicle, and that agents are following up on several possible leads.

Christensen was placed under surveillance on June 16 and his apartment was searched.

The other main reason Zhang chose the UI, Hou said, was because she received enough money from a grant to afford to live and study here.

The court document indicates a search of Christensen's auto indicates the area where Zhang was believed to have been sitting had been cleaned. They found out that both the Saturn in the footage and the one Christensen owned had a cracked hubcap and a sunroof.

Brendt Christensen, 27, was arrested on a criminal complaint for the kidnapping of Yingying Zhang on June 9, authorities said.

David Meldgin, a teaching assistant in the physics department, said he had an office next door to Christensen for two years, but they spoke only a few times.

The FBI says Christensen was driving the black Saturn Astra that was captured on security camera video picking up the student.

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Authorities declined comment when asked if they had any leads on where Zhang's body might be located.

More than 300,000 Chinese students and scholars are studying in the U.S. universities now, the People's Daily reported in June.

Zhang's disappearance and apparent kidnapping has made the parents of some Chinese students at the University of IL anxious that their children might not be safe attending colleges in America. Lance Cooper, of the University of IL.

"There are no words that can explain why or how such a bad thing should happen nor is there anything I might say that will ease the grief of any of you who knew her", Jones wrote. She played guitar and sang in a band called "Cute Horse" in China.

Zhang graduated a year ago with a master's degree in environmental engineering from Peking University Shenzhen Graduate School.

Her research focused on crop photosynthesis. The research involved using drones to take aerial photographs of fields in IL.

Christensen will remain in law enforcement custody pending his initial federal court appearance Monday in Urbana. She used her cellphone to show him where she was going, but after that things soured, according to the court documents.

Zhang's disappearance galvanized the Chinese Students and Scholars Association at the University of IL to help locate her, while also unnerving families of worldwide students, concerned for their children's safety.

Federal Bureau of Investigation revealed Brendt Christensen, 27, has been arrested in connection with Zhang's disappearance.

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