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Category Archives: Missing Person

Yingying Zhang abductor pleads ‘Not guilty’ back in court August 28

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It is being reported on July 20, 2017 that the man charged with kidnapping Chinese scholar Yingying Zhang was arraigned in federal court today.  Brendt Christensen spoke briefly, entering a plea of “not guilty.”

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Is Yingying Zhang still alive?

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UPDATE 11-July-17:  It is being reported that authorities have concluded that Yingying Zhang was not in Salem, IL.

“Salem Police Detective Bryan Green . . . traveled to Champaign Tuesday to meet with the parents of 26-year-old Yingying Zhang to show them video surveillance of the woman who apparently had been mistaken for her daughter. Green says they were able to see the woman in the video was not their daughter.”

The FBI has already stated that they believe missing student Yingying Zhang is no longer alive.  Authorities do not make this statement lightly.

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Yingying Zhang abductor’s dark world explained

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In the criminal complaint filed against Brendt Christensen, it revealed that the man who allegedly kidnapped Yingying Zhang visited fetish websites.   He perused forums that discussed abduction and “planning a kidnapping.”

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Alleged Yingying Zhang abductor was looking for next victim at vigil

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It is being reported on July 5, 2017 that that man accused of abducting University of Illinois visiting scholar Yingying Zhang appeared in court today regarding bail.  During the hearing, more evidence that the FBI obtained was released to the public. Judge Eric Long denied Brendt Christensen bail after finding him a flight risk and a danger to the community.

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Public’s help needed to identify woman’s body in IL

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Photo courtesy of McLean Sheriff’s office Facebook

UPDATE 5-July-17: Woman has been identified as  47-year-old Teresa A. Poehlman by family members.

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July 14th trial date set for man who abducted Yingying Zhang

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UPDATE 12-July -2017:  It is being reported that a grand jury indicted Brendt Christensen on kidnapping charges.  The July 14th preliminary trial has been canceled.  Next trial date is July 20, 2017.

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It is being reported on July 3, 2017 that Brendt Christensen will stand trial beginning on July 14, 2017.  “Christensen is scheduled to attend a bond hearing before U.S. Magistrate Judge Eric Long on Wednesday. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for July 14.”  Christensen is accused of kidnapping Chinese visiting scholar Yingying Zhang.  Both attended the University of Illinois.

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September trial date set for Jessica Heeringa killer

 

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Jeffrey Willis to start trial for multiple murders in September 2017

 

 

It was reported on June 19, 2017 that the man responsible for abducting and murdering  gas station attendant, Jessica Heeringa in Michigan in 2013 has been arrested and is set to stand trial on September 12, 2017.  47-year-old Jeffrey Willis is also being charged with the murder of jogger Rebekah Bletsch in 2014 and an attempted kidnapping of a 16-year-old girl in 2016.

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More details emerge in Yingying Zhang case as the search for her continues

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The man charged with Yingying Zhang’s disappearance, Brendt Allen Christensen, is originally from Stevens Point, Wisconsin.  According to his Facebook, most of which has been deleted, he is married.

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Univ of IL PhD physics researcher arrested in case of missing Chinese scholar Yingying Zhang

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It was announced on June 30, 2017 that a PhD physics researcher at the Univ of IL, Brendt Christensen was arrested on suspicion of abducting missing Chinese scholar Yingying Zhang.

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Three weeks later authorities still searching for missing Univ of IL scholar Yingying Zhang

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26-year-old Yingying Zhang who moved to the University of Illinois last April, went missing on June 9, 2017.  According to reports, she was last seen on her way to sign a lease to a new apartment when she was captured on security cameras getting into a black Saturn Astra automobile.  It has been speculated that the car she entered was an arranged taxi service.

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