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Teenage foreign exchange student from China kidnapped ‘forcibly’ in Utah: police

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Teenage foreign exchange student from China kidnapped ‘forcibly’ in Utah: police

Police are searching for a 17-year-old foreign student who they believe was “forcibly taken” from the home he shared with his host family in Utah.

At a news conference on Friday, Riverdale Police Chief Casey Warren said authorities believe Kai Chuang, an exchange student from China, was “forcibly kidnapped” and “held against his will.”

Authorities said Chuang was last seen at around 3:30 a.m. on Thursday and police were notified of his disappearance by 8:30 p.m. that night.

The student was described as 5-foot-9, 150 pounds, with black hair and black eyes.

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Kai Zhuang

Riverdale Police issued an endangered missing persons alert early Friday morning for 17-year-old Kai Chuang. (Riverdale Police Department)

Police sent out an endangered missing person notice on Friday after the department received a phone call from the local high school in Zhuang saying they had heard from his concerned parents in China.

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President Warren said Chuang’s terrified parents claimed they were given a photo of their son along with a ransom note.

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Kai Zhuang disappeared on Thursday, December 28th. He was last seen at 3:30 a.m (Riverdale City, Utah)

Riverdale Police say they are working with the FBI, the US Embassy in China and Chinese officials to locate the missing juvenile.

No suspects have been identified at this time.

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Anyone with information about Zhuang’s disappearance is asked to call the Riverdale Police Department at (801)394-6616.

The US Embassy in China did not immediately respond to Fox News Digital’s request for comment.

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