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Police locate one of three missing Chinese students linked to ransom scam

14 November 2017, 01:06 | Opal Carroll

Yue"Kandy Liu was last seen on Friday morning and police believe she may be the latest victim of a scam targeting Chinese nationals


A 17-year-old woman and a 16-year-old boy believed to be linked to a scam targeting Chinese students have been found, Toronto police say.

'They're being told to go into hiding or their families in China will be hurt, ' said Media Relations Officer for the Toronto Police department Const.

On Sunday night, Yue (Kandy) Liu, 17 who had been missing since November 10, was located in Montreal.

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

Brister said the scammer contacted the victims' families in China, informed them their loved one had been kidnapped and demanded a large ransom.

Two other students have been missing since Thursday and Friday.

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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.

Liu became aware it was a scam Sunday night and contacted police, Sidhu explained.

Liu was one of two students found over the weekend.

Zhang was last seen in the area of Yonge and Grenville Streets while Xu was last seen around Eglinton Avenue East and Midland Avenue, according to CBC News.

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

"She is described as 5'6", with a thin build, long 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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