The family of a 26-year-old Chinese scholar at the University of Illinois has joined officials offering $40,000 for information leading to an arrest in the disappearance of Yingying Zhang.
Zhang was from Jianyang, China, and was about a month into a yearlong appointment at the University of Illinois when she disappeared.
Surveillance video showed Zhang entering a black Saturn Astra in Urbana June 9, campus police said. Her friends claimed she had gone out to sign a lease.
Zhang’s relatives announced Monday night they were working with Champaign County Crime Stoppers to offer the reward in addition to the FBI’s reward of up to $10,000 for information to help locate Zhang.
“We have never offered a reward of this magnitude,” Crime Stoppers President John Hecker said.
Authorities have labeled the case a kidnapping, but haven't ruled anything out.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.