(CBS) — A downstate community has raised $40,000 in hopes of finding a visiting scholar from China who disappeared at the University of Illinois.

Yingyin Zhang, 26, was last seen June 9. Police have surveillance video showing her getting into a black Saturn Astra in Urbana.

Members of Zhang’s family have traveled from China to help with the search.

At a news conference Monday, officials with Champaign County Crimestoppers emphasized the significance of the reward.

The $40,000 raised is separate from the $10,000 reward the FBI announced over the weekend.

Federal authorities say it’s possible Zhang was kidnapped.


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