Miss­ing Chi­nese stu­dents found, po­lice

The News (New Glasgow) - - NEWS -

TORONTO — Po­lice say three peo­ple be­lieved to be vic­tims of a scam tar­get­ing Chi­nese stu­dents have been lo­cated. Toronto po­lice say they be­lieve the dis­ap­pear­ances were linked to a scam in which Chi­nese stu­dents are told to go into hid­ing and stay off so­cial me­dia or their rel­a­tives in China will be hurt. Po­lice al­lege the fam­i­lies in China are then con­tacted and told that the stu­dent has been kid­napped, and are then asked to pay a large ran­som. In­ves­ti­ga­tors say Juan Wen Zhang, 20, who went miss­ing on Nov. 8 in Toronto was lo­cated on Sat­ur­day in Mon­treal.

They say Yue (Kandy) Liu, 17, who dis­ap­peared on Nov. 10, was found Sun­day in Kirk­land, Que.

And Ke (Jaden) Xu, 16, who was last seen in on Nov. 9, was lo­cated on Mon­day morn­ing in On­tario.

Const. Car­o­line de Kloet said Mon­day that the in­ves­ti­ga­tion into who con­tacted the stu­dents is on­go­ing. Loved ones no­ti­fied po­lice that the stu­dents were miss­ing, De Kloet said.

Po­lice say one of the vic­tims be­came aware of the scam when she turned her phone on in the Mon­treal area.

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