The FBI announced this week that it had located the auto but not Zhang.
University police said Zhang got off a public bus moments before the 4-door hatchback pulled up in front of her on the north end of campus.
Yingying Zhang was last seen on June 9 getting into a black Saturn Astra in Urbana.
Yingying Zhang, a Chinese scholar studying at the University of IL, disappeared a few weeks after arriving at the university.
The discovery comes after the Federal Bureau of Investigation and University of Illinois Police said they received numerous leads about the vehicle.
The case of missing University of IL scholar Yingying Zhang continues to draw national attention, with a live report from the Quad by CNN this morning.
Following the discovery, the Chinese Deputy Consul General in Chicago, Yu Peng, said his department has been working closely with the school, the police and the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the BBC reported. Surveillance video on June 9 showed her getting into the vehicle.
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Investigators believe the driver of the auto was a white male who "circled the area prior to making contact with Zhang".
Zhang was last seen wearing a pink and white shirt, jeans, charcoal baseball cap, and white tennis shoes.
Before she got into the vehicle, she spoke to the driver of the auto.
The 26-year-old agricultural sciences student was about six weeks into her studies when she went missing at the University of IL.
"The funds raised will be spent at the discretion of the family for expenses incurred during their time in Champaign-Urbana, and possible rewards for information that helps the University of Illinois Police and responsible law enforcement agencies to find Yingying Zhang and safely return her to her family", the statement read.
The FBI is offering up to US$10,000 for information leading to the location of the 26-year-old woman.
Zhang's father, Ronggao Zhang, travelled from Nanping, China, to the United States to find his daughter.
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