Life and Activities
Zhang is described by her friends and family as bright and studious, fun-loving and outgoing.  She plays the guitar and was the lead singer in a band called 'Cute Horse' at college in China. One of her favorite songs, is 'The Rose,' a hit in 1980 for American singer Bette Midler. 
On June 9, 2017, Zhang was reported missing in Urbana, Illinois.   She was captured on video surveillance getting into a black Saturn Astra at the corner of West Clark Street and North Goodwin Avenue at around 2:04 p.m. on that Friday evening.   
On June 20, 2017, Zhang's father, Ronggao, aunt, Liqin Ye, and boyfriend flew in from China to assist the FBI in the search.  The family hopes to bring Zhang back to China with them and stay until they find her.