Illinois abduction: suspect accused of kidnapping Chinese scholar appears in court

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Brendt Christiansen is accused of using ‘Abduction 101’ forum on FetLife.com for research in disappearance of Yingying Zhang, 26

Hundreds of people gathered outside a federal courthouse on Monday as the suspect in the kidnapping of a Chinese scholar at the University of Illinois made his first court appearance since he was arrested last week.

During the nine-minute hearing, 28-year-old Brendt Christiansen did not speak other than to acknowledge to the federal judge that he understood his rights. US magistrate Eric Long ordered Christiansen held without bond in the kidnapping of Yingying Zhang. Authorities say facts in the case indicate the 26-year-old Zhang is dead, although her body hasn’t been found.

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