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Sat Jul 20, 2019, 09:44 PM

Slim chance of ever finding Chinese scholar's body

Michael Tarm, Ap Legal Affairs Writer Updated 5:05 pm CDT, Friday, July 19, 2019

PEORIA, Ill. (AP) Authorities in Illinois have suggested that the remains of a slain 26-year-old scholar from China may never be found despite a vow from prosecutors after her killer was sentenced to life in prison this week that the search will continue.

Brendt Christensen, a former doctoral student in physics at the University of Illinois, abducted Yingying Zhang in 2017 from a bus stop. Prosecutors say he beat her to death at his off-campus apartment, decapitated her and carried her away in a large duffel bag.

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In secret recordings of Christensen made by his girlfriend for the FBI, he sounded confident he successfully disposed of Zhang's body, saying without offering details: "She's never going to be found. ... She's gone forever."

With his background in science, he would have been more capable than most of destroying remains.

Evidence at his trial included a scientific article Christensen downloaded before the killing called "Beyond the Grave Understanding Human Decomposition." It provides detailed explanations of how bacteria, moisture and other factors can speed up decomposition.

A lack of a body didn't pose a major obstacle for prosecutors at the trial because they had blood and DNA evidence from Christensen's apartment corroborating Zhang was killed in his apartment.


Yingying Zhang

Yingying Zhang

Yingying Zhang

Rest in Peace.

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Sat Jul 20, 2019, 10:05 PM

1. So much promise...

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