Man arrested, charged with kidnapping visiting Chinese scholar in US

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Zhang, 26, was about a month into a yearlong appointment at the University of Illinois' Urbana-Champaign campus when she vanished June 9, the Associated Press reported at the time.

Law enforcement still have not found Zhang, but believe she is dead.

A criminal complaint accuses Christensen, of Champaign, Illinois, of abducting Zhang shortly after she stepped off a bus near the university campus.

The criminal complaint said that the Federal Bureau of Investigation began surveilling Christensen and captured audio of him explaining how he kidnapped Zhang.

Local police arrested a man Friday evening for kidnapping Zhang Yingying, a visiting Chinese scholar at the University of IL at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) in the U.S. Midwest.

According to the federal charging document, Christensen in April visited via his smartphone two sub-threads entitled "perfect abduction fantasy" and "planning a kidnapping".

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She was shown entering the front passenger side of the vehicle, which then drove away.

Christensen was under surveillance Thursday when agents overheard him saying he kidnapped Zhang, a criminal complaint says. Her friends told police she had gone out to sign an apartment lease. Police said the FBI is investigating the disappearance of Zhang, a Chinese woman from a.

"This is a senseless and devastating loss of a promising young woman and a member of our community", Jones said. He didn't say why, and Christensen continued taking classes and teaching as a graduate assistant.

Hundreds of people gathered at the University of IL to show support for a Chinese scholar who disappeared three weeks ago. They say they have audio recordings of Christensen explaining how he picked her up and took her back to his apartment, and held her against her will. Weeks ago, Zhang arrived at the university to conduct research in agricultural sciences and planned to begin work on her doctorate in the fall.

He claimed that after he made a wrong turn, the woman panicked, and he let her out of his vehicle.

Christensen was placed under continuous surveillance June 16. Zhang had a position at the University of IL that would last for a year, "at the university's department of natural resources and environmental sciences".

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