From the fbi.gov website (slightly reformatted for easier reading):
Date(s) of Birth Used: December 21, 1990 Place of Birth: China Hair: Black Eyes: Brown Height: 5'4" Weight: Approximately 110 pounds Sex: Female Race: Asian Nationality: Chinese
Yingying Zhang, a visiting scholar to the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, was last seen on Friday, June 9, 2017, in Urbana, Illinois. Security cameras captured her getting into a car at the corner of West Clark Street and North Goodwin Avenue around 2:04 p.m. that day.
Zhang was last seen wearing a charcoal-colored baseball hat, a pink-and-white top, jeans, and white tennis shoes. She carried a black backpack.
The suspect's vehicle is described as a black Saturn Astra four-door hatchback. It appeared to be driven by a White male, and circled the area prior to making contact with Zhang.
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Post by HeadMarshal on Jun 17, 2017 21:30:48 GMT -5
In previous cases, whenever the front and/or the back of a vehicle are available, sometimes the photo can be zoomed in to get at least a partial license plate number. It sounds like the quality on this camera may not have been the greatest, or otherwise authorities would have tried that already. At the very least, Saturn branded vehicles are no longer in production so that's not a very common car, and should be hopefully easier to spot then say a Ford or Chevrolet.
Post by тσρтєиhυитєя on Jul 1, 2017 18:18:23 GMT -5
Apparently an arrest was made in this case yesterday. Federal authorities say Brendt Christensen, who turned 28 on Friday, of Champaign, Illinois, is charged in a criminal complaint with abducting Zhang shortly after she stepped off a bus near the university campus. Thankfully the Saturn Astra was only made from 2008-2009 and 18 were registered around that area. So in a way the vehicle helped find the suspect and its great that it was a short production Hatchback and not a long running production sedan like a Toyota Corolla or Chevrolet Malibu.
This is unfortunate but it's still a missing persons case at this point. Based on what's described, it seems sadly we're looking for Zhang's remains so her loved ones can have a proper burial for her rather than a recovery.