Missing teens feared victim of Chinese student scam found

Yue ‘Kandy’ Liu

Yue ‘Kandy’ Liu

TORONTO — Three missing Chinese students believed to have been victims of a ransom scam have been located and are safe, Toronto Police say.

Police said the Chinese girl named Juanwen Zhang, 20, was last seen downtown Toronto Wednesday while the Chinese boy Ke Xu, 16, was last seen Thursday in the Scarborough area. Releases made when they were missing said the three had been told to cut off contact with their parents back home or the mothers and fathers would be hurt in some way.

Police said they were concerned for her safety and think this may be related to two other recent disappearances of Chinese nationals.

Police said the students were told not to use social media or their cellphones.

Yue Liu, 17, was located in Kirkland, Que. around 11:30 p.m. Sunday night.

Xu was last seen at 10:30 a.m. ET on November 9, around Eglinton Avenue East and Midland Avenue.

Juanwen Zhang, 20, who had been missing since November 8, was also found safe on Saturday.

"When she actually turned on her phone she was inundated with messages advising her that it was actually a scam and she was not in danger and her family was not in danger and it was at that point she contacted police", she said.

"She is described as 5'6", with a thin build, long black hair and brown eyes. He was last seen wearing a red winter jacket, grey trousers and carrying a black backpack.

Recommended News

  • Braves to name Alex Anthopoulos as next GM, reports say

    Braves to name Alex Anthopoulos as next GM, reports say

    Anthopoulos, a native of Canada, served as the Blue Jays GM from 2010-2015, after joining the organization in 2003. Alex Anthopoulos will be calling the shots for an Major League Baseball team once again.
    Global carbon emissions to rise again in 2017

    Global carbon emissions to rise again in 2017

    European emissions are expected to decline by.2 percent, which is also lower than the average decline of 2.2 percent per year. Every world leader - with the notable exception from Donald Trump - have pledged to limit climate change to "well below 2C".
    Taylor Swift is coming to the Dome in September

    Taylor Swift is coming to the Dome in September

    Registered fans will be able to purchase tickets before then through the Ticketmaster Verified Fan program. Tickets for the North American leg of her tour will go on-sale to the general public on December 13.
  • Detroit Lions early 3-point favorite over Chicago Bears

    Detroit Lions early 3-point favorite over Chicago Bears

    But the Bears were able to get a 44 yard Barth field goal on the final play of the half to stay in the game at 10-6. Had Fox not challenged, the Bears would've had first-and-goal from about the 2-yard line while trailing 10-3.
    Poland decides to join EU's PESCO defense project

    Poland decides to join EU's PESCO defense project

    He said Europe spends 50 percent as much as the United States on defense yet only has 15 percent of its military efficiency. Britain - which is leaving the European Union anyway - and Denmark have refused to take part on defence grounds.
    Xbox One X Outpaces PS4 Pro Launch Sales in the UK

    Xbox One X Outpaces PS4 Pro Launch Sales in the UK

    Like the PS4 Pro version, the Xbox One X also suffers from performance drops in demanding scenes. This is about as much as many units as Nintendo Switch did in its first week back in March.
  • Real Madrid's Karim Benzema: I lost respect for Mourinho after cat jibe

    Real Madrid's Karim Benzema: I lost respect for Mourinho after cat jibe

    29-year-old Benzema has scored 183 goals for Real Madrid in 377 games, and his near-one goal in two record is something many players can only dream of.
    Moto X4 with dual cameras, Alexa support launched in India

    Moto X4 with dual cameras, Alexa support launched in India

    The handset gets the Qualcomm Snapdragon 630 SoC for number crunching and as mentioned earlier, comes in 3GB and 4GB RAM versions. The new 360-Degree Camera Mod for Motorola's Moto Z smartphone is now selling in Australia on the Motorola Australia website .
    Last day of Tiger… shoot for Salman, shares Race 3 1st look

    Last day of Tiger… shoot for Salman, shares Race 3 1st look

    He has dropped his rugged look and a heavy stubble for the role of Tiger and has upped his style quotient for his Race 3 . Actress Jacqueline Fernandez is overjoyed to reunite and work with Remo D'Souza and superstar Salman Khan.
  • Mostly Cloudy Skies With Light Rain or Snow

    Mostly Cloudy Skies With Light Rain or Snow

    We are in for a warm, sunny start to the work week in Denver with temperatures above the seasonal average on Monday . Rain has moved out and we can expect cloudy skies and then some clearing in the afternoon with highs in the low 50s.
    Alibaba reports US$25.3 bln in global Singles Day sales

    Alibaba reports US$25.3 bln in global Singles Day sales

    This company has today made the announcement regarding the $19.1 billion generated from the shopping event sales. Citigroup Inc has predicted transactions will rise by more than 30 percent to 158 billion yuan this year.
    Qualcomm rejects Broadcom's $103 billion offer

    Qualcomm rejects Broadcom's $103 billion offer

    Shares of Qualcomm were up 1 percent at US$65.25 in premarket trading, while those of Broadcom fell 0.7 per cent to US$263. Broadcom has indicated it is willing to acquire Qualcomm irrespective of whether it closes the NXP deal.

We are pleased to provide this opportunity to share information, experiences and observations about what's in the news.
Some of the comments may be reprinted elsewhere in the site or in the newspaper.
Thank you for taking the time to offer your thoughts.