CHICAGO (AP) - Relatives of a Chinese scholar who disappeared from the University of Illinois are pleading for help in the search to find her.
Yingying Zhang's father, aunt and boyfriend took part in a candlelight vigil on Saturday night. Through an interpreter, Ronggao Zhang pleaded with his daughter to "hold on, don't give up."
The 26-year-old woman was last seen climbing into a black Saturn Astra in Urbana on the afternoon of June 9. Police have said they suspect the woman was kidnapped. Last week, the FBI called the search for the scholar a national priority for the agency.
The FBI says the search for a visiting Chinese scholar missing from the University of Illinois is a national priority for the agency.
Jon Holloway, assistant special agent in charge of criminal investigation at the Springfield FBI office, discussed the FBI's efforts Thursday night at a campus meeting about Zhang's disappearance.
Holloway says updates are being regularly sent to the office of the FBI's acting director and U.S. field offices.
Crime Stoppers has offered a $40,000 reward for any information that leads to Zhang.