Finding Yingying Documentary
Yingying Zhang came to the University of Illinois from China in 2017, as a visiting scholar at the College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences. But on June 9 of that year, Zhang was seen on surveillance video getting into the SUV of Brendt Christensen, a former doctoral student. She has not been seen since. Christensen was arrested a few weeks later. He was tried and convicted of kidnapping and murdering Zhang, and sentenced to life in a federal prison. Without a body, prosecutors based their case on DNA evidence found at Christensen's apartment, and the defendant's own boasting of having killed Zhang in a conversation with his girlfriend.
The documentary ‘Finding Yingying,’ chronicles the disappearance of Zhang and bringing her justice while capturing the devastating impact on her family and friends.
Jenny Shi, Director of ‘Finding YingYing’
Diane Quon, Producer of ‘Finding YingYing’
Prepared for web by Reginald Hardwick.
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