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    IA - Tong Shao, 20, Ames, 8 September 2014

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    Ames PD asking for help finding ISU student
    An ISU international student has been declared a missing person. Tong Shao, junior in chemical engineering who goes by the first name of Shao, was last seen on Sept. 8 in Iowa City on her way to Minnesota. Tong, originally from China, has not been able to be reached by family or friends for 10 days. Tong's phone is also disconnected. Friends have tried to email and Facebook message her. Tong's friends said she often goes on week-long trips, but they became concerned after they couldn't reach her for more than a week. "They didn't really think much of it at the time," said Cmdr. Geoff Huff of the Ames Police Department said of Tong's friends. "It's really not out of character for her, but now that they still haven't heard from her ten days later they started to get concerned." Ming Wu, freshman in computer engineering and Tong's neighbor at Fountain View Apartments, described Tong as very intelligent and independent, but impulsive."When we would go back to China, we would fly together," Wu said of other international students. "She would fly back alone." Wu mentioned a time when Tong asked to catch a ride up to Minnesota with a group of students from a club at ISU. Wu said all members were shocked that Tong asked to join a group of students on a trip without knowing them. Wu said Tong's roommate sent a message to Tong's friends through the WeChat app on Thursday, the same day the missing persons report was filed.

    Read more: http://www.kcci.com/news/ames-pd-ask...#ixzz3DovYpcfy
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    Uh-oh she is very trusting and in a foreign land. That could spell trouble! Hope she is found safe. She looks really young for her age. Another thing that worries me.
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    I spent many years in Ames and a few in Iowa City around the universities there. Both universities have large foreign student populations in the Engineering Schools (and others), so she really wouldn't have stuck out in either place.

    What makes absolutely no sense is the statement in the article above that she was in Iowa City "on her way" to Minnesota. Minneapolis is a 3-4 hour drive due north of Ames on
    I-35, while Iowa City is a 2-2.5 hour drive due south of Ames on I-35 to Des Moines, and then east of Des Moines on I-80. Iowa City is basically 150 miles out of the way on a trip between Ames and Minnesota.

    My fingers are crossed that she's OK.

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    http://www.iowastatedaily.com/dct/ar...0d1e17ba6.html

    An ISU international student who was declared missing Sept. 18 has still not been found.

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    http://www.kcrg.com/subject/news/sea...udent-20140922

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    Ames police are becoming increasingly concerned about an Iowa State University student who has not been seen or heard from in two weeks, and investigators are using social media and partnering with authorities across the region to find her. Tong Shao, a 20-year-old ISU junior from China, last contacted friends Sept. 8 via text to say she was in Iowa City and headed to Minnesota to visit friends, said Ames police Cmdr. Geoff Huff. But none of Shao’s Minnesota friends said they’ve seen her, and she has not returned to Ames.
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    http://amestrib.com/news/ames-police...ng-isu-student

    Friends at ISU said they last heard from Tong Shao, who goes by the name Shao, Sept. 8, when she said she was going to visit a friend in Iowa City
    She lost her cell phone a few days before she went missing, so police have not been able to track her location that way
    “The friend she was visiting in Iowa City, he left to fly back to China the day after, on Sept. 9,” Huff said.
    Much more at link.

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    http://www.dailyiowan.com/2014/09/23/Metro/39148.html

    An Iowa State University student from China, Tong Shao, has gone missing, and international students at the University of Iowa are using social media to try to help find her. The students have been using messaging apps such as QQ messenger, MSN messenger, and WeChat to spread the word.
    police Sgt. Scott Gaarde confirmed the Iowa City police are also helping with the case.“We are participating in the investigation at this point, but that’s all I can really say,” he said.

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    The timing of the friend's departure from the country sure seems ominous, assuming that she was, in fact, in Iowa City on the 8th when she was in communication with her friends. I'm curious how she got from Ames to IA City, and I'm wondering how she communicated with them given that she had lost her cell phone. It could be as simple as using the friend who went back to China's phone. That group seems to rely on social media and messaging than on actual calls. If she had an iPad or laptop, she could be in contact via social media without actually speaking to someone, which would then raise the issue of whether it was actually her communicating.

    The linked article from the Ames Trib mentioned that she said she was going to Minnesota by bus, but that they could not find evidence of her buying a bus or plane ticket. If she made it to IA City, it sounds like she is still there as the only other way to leave that area without some kind of ticketing would be through cab (extremely unlikely) or by catching a ride with someone else, which isn't totally out of the question given that she'd done it before.

    I'm hoping that it isn't the most simple explanation - that her friend harmed/killed her and left the country. The odds don't seem great, however.

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    Police seek vehicle linked to missing
    September 26, 2014

    ...The vehicle is a beige 1997 Toyota Camry and may be in the Iowa City area, where 20-year-old Tong Shao was last heard from on Sept. 8, the Ames Police Department said. The vehicle has Kentucky license plates reading 287JDZ.

    A police statement said that Shao had access to the vehicle, but didn't elaborate.
    http://www.kwqc.com/story/26639041/p...g-iowa-student


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    Car may link missing student to Iowa City
    September 26, 2014

    ...Tong Shao, 20-year-old junior in chemical engineering who goes by the first name of Shao, was last heard from on Sept. 8 in Iowa City on her way to Minnesota.

    ...Tong's friends received a message from her saying that she was in Iowa City on Sept. 8, according to a press release by the Ames Police Department.
    http://www.iowastatedaily.com/news/a....html?mode=jqm

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    As of 11:30 p.m. officers were waiting to open the trunk of the vehicle.

    The medical examiner has been called in to assist with the investigation. Johnson county attorney Janet Lyness is also on scene.




    http://www.kcrg.com/subject/news/pol...hicle-20140926

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    I feel shocked that they located the car in Iowa City. Monday on my way to work I could have sworn I saw her standing on the corner of a street waiting to cross and I told myself I saw someone that resembled her and my mind did the rest. I believe it was on the corner of Woolf Ave and Woolf Ave Ct where the apartments and VA construction is, off Highway 6 in Iowa City. Now I'm not so sure.


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    Link just updated. Confirmed body in truck of car.

    http://www.kcrg.com/subject/news/pol...hicle-20140926

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