Toronto police locate 1 of 3 students missing in suspected ransom scam

Yue “Kandy” Liu 17 was last seen on Friday

Police in Toronto say they've located the second of three students who "went into hiding" after falling victim to an alleged scam targeting their families back in China.

These people then contact the students' families in China, telling them their child has been kidnapped and demand a large ransom.

Another student, Yue "Kandy" Liu, 17, was last seen in north Toronto on Friday morning while a third student, Ke "Jaden" Xu, 16, was last seen on Thursday.

Liu was reported missing on Friday after she was last seen around 10:30 a.m. near Yonge St. and Finch Ave.

Police said the families are then asked to pay a large ransom, adding that they are concerned for the safety of the two global students.

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Police said they have no evidence to suggest any of the students were actually abducted.

Over the weekend, police confirmed that 20-year-old Juanwen Zhang, who they believe was targeted in the scam, was located.

Investigators believe the disappearances are part of plot in which scammers instruct the Chinese students to go into hiding under threat that their relatives will be harmed.

Canadian authorities told CTV News that no further details can be released at the moment due to their ongoing investigation. He was last seen near Eglinton Ave.

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