Illinois student missing: $40G reward offered

 foxnews.com  6/20/2017 2:45:00 PM   Published June

The family of a 26-year-old Chinese scholar at the University of Illinois has joined officials offering $40,000 for information leading to an arrest in the disappearance of Yingying Zhang. 

Zhang was from Jianyang, China, and was about a month into a yearlong appointment at the University of Illinois when she disappeared.

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Surveillance video showed Zhang entering a black Saturn Astra in Urbana June 9, campus police said. Her friends claimed she had gone out to sign a lease.  

Zhang’s relatives announced Monday night they were working with Champaign County Crime Stoppers to offer the reward in addition to the FBI’s reward of up to $10,000 for information to help locate Zhang. 

“We have never offered a reward of this magnitude,” Crime Stoppers President John Hecker said. 

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Hecker said they raised the money through a GoFundMe account and are still accepting donations, The News-Gazette reported.

Authorities have labeled the case a kidnapping, but haven't ruled anything out. 

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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