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Family of missing scholar has a message

CHAMPAIGN COUNTY, Ill. (WCIA) -- The family came from across the world to help find her and they won't stop until they can hold her again.

It is a devastating and heartbreaking time for the family of missing UI scholar Yingying Zhang. It's been 13 days since she was last seen getting into a car on campus.

Her family is being incredibly strong through this very difficult time. When they found out she was missing, they immediately came from China to the U.S. to help with the search.

They have a message for the person who kidnapped her.

"To the person who did this, please be kind to her and let her come back."

This is the plea of a heartbroken family. Despite the tears in their eyes, they're keeping hope in their hearts for her safe return.

"Your grandmother and mother are waiting for you at home. You have to be persistent and fight because we are all waiting for you."

Zhang has been gone for almost two weeks, but her family says they will never give up to find her. They describe her as beautiful, smart and loving.

"She is a very nice, kind girl and she gets along with everybody very well. She has been very outstanding in academics since she was young and she always served as a leader of her class."

She came to the UI to study agriculture but above that, she came to the U.S. to provide for her family. She worked very hard to give all she could to them and they would give anything to get her back home.

"As a family we are obviously deeply worried and concerned and felt the progress is never fast enough. But we understand that law enforcement are doing the very best they can and we appreciate that."

Now they have a message for her.

"We all miss you very, very much and we ask Yingying, never ever, ever give up and we will forever find you."

Thursday evening, the FBI made a statement on the case. While they can't give out details, they assured people they have made progress and have more agents working on this specific case than they do in 84 other counties combined.

As a reminder, Zhang was last seen getting into a black Saturn Astra, Friday June 9. That was at the corner of Clark and Goodwin in Urbana.

Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers. Tipsters are always 100% completely anonymous.

All tips submitted to Crime Stoppers are electronically stripped of any personally identifying information and processed by a third-party answering service, not law enforcement.

Cash rewards of up to $1,000 are paid for information leading to an arrest. Tipsters will never be asked their name and are given a secret code number to use when checking on a possible reward. 

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