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CrimeStoppers still accepting tips that can help find Yingying Zhang

Champaign County CrimeStoppers is still encouraging anyone with information to send tips that can help in the search for University of Illinois scholar, Yingying Zhang. (WCCU)

Champaign County CrimeStoppers is still encouraging anyone with information to send tips that can help in the search for University of Illinois scholar, Yingying Zhang.

"The possible location of Yingying has not been established,” president of CrimeStoppers, John Hecker said. “We very much would like to bring total closure to this case.”

The FBI and local enforcement arrested suspect kidnapper Brendt Christensen on Friday in Zhang's disappearance case, three weeks after she was reported missing.

“In light of the arrest that's been made, the family is now desirous -- at least we've been led to believe – they are removing the $40,000 that they originally were going to offer through CrimeStoppers,” Hecker said.

It was the largest reward ever offered by Champaign County CrimeStoppers.

The FBI said information has led them to believe the scholar is dead, but said her location is still unknown, which is why CrimeStoppers still needs the community help.

“I want to add that CrimeStoppers as its own accord is still desirous of information regarding this case,” Hecker said. “Yingying has not been located and we would offer payment of up to $1,000 for the identification of where she is -- be it dead or alive.”

Hecker said they want to help bring closure to the case and most of all to the grieving family.

“We offer rewards of up to $1,000 that can be paid for information that leads to an arrest, or recovery of stolen property or the object of the crime,” Hecker said. “In this case the object of the crime is Yingying.”

Tips can be sent to Champaign County CrimeStoppers at 217-373-TIPS or by using the P-3 tips mobile app.

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