Find Yingying Zhang, Still Missing! (Part 1)

Find Yingying Zhang, Still Missing! Part 1)

Find Yingying Zhang, still missing! (Part 1)
Since she first disappeared, there have
Been multiple new developments.
The car she was seen stepping into
Has been located.
A suspect is in custody.
But Yingying has never been found.

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Find Yingying Zhang, still missing! (Part 1) Zhang was born in the year. She was born in Nanping, Fujian, China. Yingying went missing from Urbana, Illinois and in the United States. At the time of her disappearance, Zhang was 26 years old. Her current age is 26 years old. She has been missing since June 9, 2017. Zhang’s higher education background include Sun Yat-sen University. It includes Peking University Shenzhen Graduate School. And it includes University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. Yingying is 5’4″ tall and 110 pounds. She is Asian and a Chinese Citizen.

Find Yingying Zhang, Still Missing! (Part 1)

Yingying Zhang is her name in English. In Chinese it is: 章莹颖; pinyin. Zhang is a Chinese visiting scholar in the United States. When last seen, on June 9, 2017, Yingying Zhang was getting into a car. The car was at a bus stop on the campus at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. On June 30, 2017, the FBI arrested and charged Brendt Allen Christensen. He is a Champaign resident and former physics graduate student at the university. Christensen was charged with kidnapping Zhang. Based on evidence uncovered in the investigation, law enforcement officials have made a determination. They state that it is unlikely that Zhang will be found alive.

Find Yingying Zhang, Still Missing! (Part 1)

Yingying Zhang was born in the winter of 1990. Her birthplace is Nanping. This is a small city in the Fujan province in southeast China. Before traveling to the United States, Zhang reportedly played in a band. She had ambitions of becoming a professor in China. In April 2017, Yingying arrived in the United States. She intended to do research on photosynthesis and the production of crops. Zhand planned to do this for one year in the Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences. The Department is within the College of Agriculture, Consumer, and Environmental Sciences (ACES). ACES is at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Find Yingying Zhang, Still Missing! (Part 1)
Before Her Disappearance

It was June 9, 2017 in the afternoon. Yingying Zhang was riding on a Champaign-Urbana Mass Trnsit District bus. This was in Urbana, Illinois. She was on her way to an off-campus apartment complex. She was planning to sign a new apartment lease there. Zhang was running late and sent a text message to the leasing agent. She sent the text at 1:39 P.M. Zhang intended to inform them that she would arrive at approximately 2:10 P.M. After riding on one bus, Zhang reportedly got off at 1:52 P.M. and tried to transfer to another. However, she got confused about the location of the bus stop. She flagged down the bus. But it passed without stopping.

Find Yingying Zhang, Still Missing! (Part 1)

After the bus whizzed by her, Yingying reportedly then walked to another bus. It was a few blocks away at the corner of North Goodwin Avenue and West Clark Street. It was directly in front of the University’s PBS radio and television station. Surveillance video cameras showed that a black Saturn Astra passed by Zhang at 2:00 P.M.. At the time, she was waiting at the bus stop. And then she circled back around and stopped where she was waiting at 2:05 P.M. Yingying spoke to the driver for approximately one minutes. Then she got back into the car. Zhang hasn’t been seen since.

Find Yingying Zhang, Still Missing!(Part 1)

When she was last seen, Yingying Zhang was wearing a charcoal-colored baseball cap. She wore a pink-and-white top and a white undershirt. Zhang wore jeans and white tennis shoes. And she was carrying a black backpack. The leasing agent sent Yingying a text message at approximately 2:38 P.M. But she received no reply. Zhang’s friends knew of her errand and expected her to return quickly. As the hours passed, they grew increasingly worried. At 9:24 P.M., an associate professor called police to report Yingying Zhang missing. The university of Illinois Police Department worked together to locate Zhang. And both police departments worked with FBI agents.

Find Yingying Zhang, Still Missing!(Part 1)
Search EFforts

The FBI offered a $10,000 reward to help find Zhang. The University’s large Chinese student population helped coordinate search efforts. They did this on and around campus. On June 17, Zhang’s father and maternal aunt reportedly arrived in Champaign to meet with authorities and aid in the search. Her boyfriend also arrived. On June 19, the University of Illinois together with Champaign County Crime Stoppers, announced a $40,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of those responsible for Zhang’s disappearance. Reportedly, this reward is the larges ever in the 31 year history of the Champaign Crime Stoppers organization.

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Find Yingying Zhang, Still Missing! (Part 1)
Family Search EFforts

On July 14, 2017, the reward was increased to $50,000. Yingying’s family stated that that they would not leave the United States until she is found. On August 19, Zhang’s mother and younger brother also flew to the United States. The Zhang family sent a letter to current President Donald Trump. They appealed to him to “direct all federal resources to try to find Yingying.” As of August 22, 2017, the family had not received a response. In spite of law enforcement stating that they presume Zhang to not be alive, her family refuse to presume Zhang deceased. They feel that she may be held against her will.

Find Yingying Zhang, Still Missing! (Part 1)
Initial Investigation

According to the investigation, there were 18 4-door Saturn Astras registered to owners in the Champaign County Area. Brendt A. Christenson, a Champaign resident, was an owner of one of these vehicles. He reportedly is 27 years old and is a former PhD. student at the University. He graduated with a master’s degree in physics in May 2017. Reportedly, investigators initially contacted Christensen on June 12 and examined his car. Reportedly, when he was questioned, he claimed that he didn’t remember what he was doing when Zhang went missing. Later, he told authorities that he may have been sleeping. Or he may have been at home playing video games.

Find Yingying Zhang, Still Missing! (Part 1)
How We Can Help

Yingying Zhang has been missing over seven months now. At first, any family focuses only on finding their own missing loved ones. They understandably may not be focusing on awareness for other missing cases. Certainly not at first. In the Find Yingying Group, I saw multiple posts of other missing cases posted. So it looks like Zhang’s family, sadly, have had to “arrive at the place” where they have expanded their search for Yingying to other missing persons. It is heartening that they help other families even in the midst of their own nightmare. So many families do that. Even while searching for their own missing loved ones, they keep themselves sane for being there for other families in the same boat.

This much-loved and treasured young woman is still missing. A person may be named a suspect in her case. But Zhang is still not home. Someone (s) knows something? Do you have any piece of information about the whereabouts of Yingying Zhang? Anyone else who may be involved in her disappearance? No piece of information is too small. Use any of the contact options below.

Crime Stopper: (217) 373-8477
OR The Federal Bureau of Investigation: (217) 522-9675.
OR Tip line Website

The facts and evidence in the disappearance of Yingying Zhang are so complex and overwhelming. It deserves to be treated in three parts. New developments and twist and turns continue in Part 2 of Yingying Zhang’s story.

Yingying’s family have set up the Find Yingying Group. Use Facebook? Consider clicking to “join” this group..

UPDATE: This is a June 2019 article about how the suspect has been convicted in the abduction and murder of Yingying Zhang. Click here to learn more.

Yingying’s family have set at the Find Yingying Facebook page. The top image is courtesy of this Facebook page. Use Facebook? Consider clicking to “like” this page.

Read the second part of the story of Yingying Zhang here.
Read the third part of the story of Yingying Zhang here.

The above information can be found on Yingying’s Wikipedia Page. I have adapted and remixed it. It is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License.

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