Chinese worldwide students targeted in ransom scam found safe

Juanwen Zhang 20 was last seen on Wednesday

Toronto police say a third Chinese student reported missing this week is the victim of a scam meant to extort large sums from their families.

The scammers then contact the families, claiming that the students have been kidnapped and will only be released after they receive a large ransom.

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

"Obviously (she is) traumatized by the whole thing but at no point was she harmed or her family", said Sidhu.

Police say 16-year-old Ke "Jaden" Xu is still missing.

Yue "Kandy" Liu was last seen on Friday morning at 10:30 a.m.in the Yonge Street and Finch Avenue West area.


Anyone with information about the whereabouts of Xu is being asked to call police or Crime Stoppers.

Police said they urged several of her friends to continue texting her. Zhang turned on her phone Saturday and saw messages from her friends and immediately got in touch with police.

Liu was one of two students found over the weekend.

Investigators say Juan Wen Zhang, 20, who went missing on November 8 in Toronto was located on Saturday in Montreal.

He had been last seen Thursday morning in the Eglinton and Midland avenues area. He is described as standing six-foot-one with a thin build, short black hair and brown eyes. She was last seen wearing a knee-length brown jacket with a white scarf, blue track trousers and black and white shoes.

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