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Cecilia Zhang

Student pleads guilty

Min Chen, a young student from Shanghai pleaded guilty to second-degree murder in the death of Cecilia Zhang.  (CBC - May 9, 2006)

Guilty plea

Killer moved to BC prison 

Fingerprints key to Cecilia murder case

A new report says police made the breakthrough connection between 9-year-old Cecilia Zhang and her accused killer using fingerprints.   (CTV - July 24, 2004)

Min Chen

Murderpedia: Min Chen


Murder charge laid

A 21-year-old man has been charged with first-degree murder in the death of nine-year-old Cecilia Zhang, Toronto police have confirmed.  Min Chen has been charged with first-degree murder. He is a Chinese national who has been on a student visa from Shanghai since 2001.  (CTV - July 22, 2004)

Police confirm remains

MISSISSAUGA, ONT. - Police confirmed Sunday afternoon that the human remains found in a wooded ravine west of Toronto are those of nine-year-old Cecilia Zhang, who went missing last October. (CBC - Mar. 29, 2004)

Task force collects DNA samples

TORONTO - Over the Christmas holiday investigators collected DNA samples from people who work in the same building where the girl's mother tutored private students, hoping they could provide a crucial clue needed to advance the hunt for missing 9-year-old Cecilia Zhang. (CTV - Jan. 5, 2004)

Reward boosted for return

TORONTO - More than six weeks after Cecilia Zhang was reported missing, the reward offered for the safe return of the missing Toronto schoolgirl has been increased -- to $140,000.   (CTV Nov. 26, 2003)

Interpol called to widen hunt

Police in Hong Kong, Britain and the U.S., are conducting background checks on a variety of boarders who lived in the Zhang family home, in case Cecilia was smuggled out of Canada.   (CTV - Nov 23, 2003)

Cops suggest multiple suspects

TORONTO - Evidence suggests the abduction of nine-year-old Cecilia Zhang was the work of more than one suspect. That's the latest revelation Toronto police made public in an interview with a popular U.S. TV crime program.  (CTV - Oct 31)  

US TV show prompts tips

TORONTO - Zhang's story was broadcast on the TV program America's Most Wanted Saturday night.  It generated 13 potential new leads in the abduction of nine-year-old Cecilia Zhang.  (CBC - Nov. 3, 2003)

Chinese community adds to reward

Toronto police have already put up $50,000 in reward money, but now Toronto's Chinese community has announced it has raised $35,000 to add to the reward.  (CBC - Oct. 30, 2003)   

Reward offered

TORONTO - As police continued to search for a child taken from her bedroom in the middle of the night, neighbours set up a special fund Saturday.  (CBC - Oct. 25, 2003)

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