Man suspected of killing ISU student arrested in China

Xiangnan Li has been taken into custody by Chinese authorities

Published 06/29 2015 10:55PM

Updated 06/29 2015 10:55PM

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The man suspected in the disappearance and death of Iowa State University student Tong Shao, 20, has been arrested in China, police say.

Iowa City police say after working with authorities in China, Xiangnan Li has been taken into custody by Chinese authorities.

 

Li faces an international homicide charge in his native country of China for Shao’s death, an Iowa City Police Department news release says.

The news release says Li surrendered to authorizes in Wenzhou, China on May 13, but he was not arrested and charged until June 19. Officials said the arrest came after the Criminal Investigation Bureau of China sent investigators to Iowa City to review evidence in Shao’s homicide case earlier this month.

Shao was a junior chemical engineering student from China who was believed to have gone to Iowa City to visit Li. Police identified Li as a person of interest after he flew to China.  

Investigators say Li and Shao were in a relationship. 

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