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Father of Missing Chinese Scholar: ‘Give My Daughter Back'

The father of a visiting Chinese scholar missing from the University of Illinois has appealed for his 26-year-old child's safe return, saying, "Give my daughter back."

Ronggao Zhang spoke to The Champaign News-Gazette about Yingying Zhang Thursday — two weeks after her disappearance. Surveillance video shows her entering a black Saturn Astra in Urbana June 9 in the afternoon. Police labeled the case a kidnapping.

Zhang's father, aunt and boyfriend traveled to the central Illinois school and are staying in university housing as the search continues.

The father also addressed his daughter directly. Speaking through a translator, he said, "Ying, be strong. Dad is waiting for you here."

He said the family will stay in the U.S. as long as they have to. He added, "We're not leaving without her."

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