Relatives ask for help in search for missing Chinese scholar

Ronggao Zhang center father of missing Yingying Zhang listens as he joins from left Yingying's best friend Yige Yang aunt Liqin Ye and boyfriend Xiaolin Hou far right for an interview at The News Gazette in Champaign Ill. on Thursday June 22

Ronggao Zhang center father of missing Yingying Zhang listens as he joins from left Yingying's best friend Yige Yang aunt Liqin Ye and boyfriend Xiaolin Hou far right for an interview at The News Gazette in Champaign Ill. on Thursday June 22

Missing University of IL student Ying-Ying Zhang disappeared earlier this month, and her family held a candlelight vigil in Chicago's Chinatown neighborhood on Saturday night.

Holloway says updates are being regularly sent to the office of the FBI's acting director and US field offices. Through an interpreter, Ronggao Zhang pleaded with his daughter to "hold on, don't give up". Surveillance video showed her getting into a black Saturn in Urbana.

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Zhang, who had arrived at the Champaign campus of the school earlier this year, disappeared on June 9, and the FBI is investigating the disappearance as a kidnapping.

Yingying Zhang's aunt, Liqin Ye, also traveled from China and wiped away tears as the father spoke. "I hope that being a good person you will be safe forever". She'd been working toward becoming a professor with the hope of helping her family, her friend Yige Yang said. She arrived at U of I in April and is in the natural resources and environmental sciences department.

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Jon Holloway, assistant special agent in charge of criminal investigation at the Springfield office, said the FBI's acting director and US field offices have been receiving updates in the case regularly.

WLS-TV in Chicago reports that Yingying Zhang's father, aunt and boyfriend took part in a candlelight vigil on Saturday night. He said he couldn't disclose details about the ongoing investigation.

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Members of Chicago's Chinese community gathered with the family of Ying Ying Zhang tonight trying to do everything they can to get the word out and find her.

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