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Tong Shao case still making headlines in China

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IOWA CITY (KWWL) -

A case that's seemingly silent in Iowa is still making headlines in China.

Iowa City investigators are still piecing together exactly how Iowa State University international student Tong Shao died.

More than a week ago Iowa City Police confirmed the body found in the trunk of Shao's car was the 20-year-old's body.

While investigators aren't releasing any new details, media outlets in China spoke with Shao's family that said they're now most concerned about the truth.

"We feel really sad about it," said Siwen Wang, an international Chinese journalism student at University of Iowa.

She says Chinese articles are saying the same thing.

"Her family want to find the killer as soon a possible," said Wang as she translated a Chinese newspaper article.

Wang says Shao's family goes on to say they are now most concerned about is the truth-- and wouldn't say anything else.

"They just don't want to get interviewed or get talk about it because they feel so sad about their child," said Wang.

She says the article goes on to say the reporter reached out to Xiangnan Li's family as well, but they said they don't know anything of his whereabouts.

According the Wang, the reporter also got in contact with Li's father and he said "I don't want to be interviewed."

Wang says media outlets are calling him a main suspicious person.

"Just feel her boyfriend is a main suspicious person and they're still looking for him. A lot of people are want to call people to find him like that," said Wang.

At this point in their investigation, police can't call Li a suspect or even seeking extradition.

The Johnson County Medical Examiners Office tell us autopsy results of how Shao died could take a few more weeks.

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