CHAMPAIGN, Ill. – Family
members of a missing University of Illinois scholar from China say
they're "sorrowful and grieved" that there's more evidence to show she
The statement released Wednesday from
Yingying Zhang's family comes after the latest indictment against a man
accused in the case. Brendt Christensen previously was charged with the
26-year-old's abduction. A new federal indictment filed Tuesday alleges
Christensen intentionally killed Zhang in "an especially heinous,
cruel, or depraved manner."
The attorney for Zhang's family issue a statement to
the (Champaign) News-Gazette , saying her relatives "hope that the
suspect will receive the punishment he deserves."
If convicted, Christensen faces the death penalty or life in prison. He's to be arraigned Wednesday on the updated charge.
Zhang disappeared June 9. Her body hasn't been found.