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Search warrants reveal new details in Tong Shao case

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IOWA CITY (KWWL) - More details are emerging in the Tong Shao case, the missing Iowa State student found dead last fall.

In early September, the 20-year old reportedly went to visit her boyfriend, 23-year old Xiangnan Li of Iowa City, and nearly 20 days later police discovered her body in the trunk of her car.

The documents reveal just days before Shao was reported missing, Li found out there may have been another guy.

In October, the Ames Police Department filed four search warrants in connection with Shao's case that were on a 90-day seal. However, three of those search warrants' seals expired.

It was back in late September when Iowa City police found the 20-year-old's body inside the trunk of her car nearly 20 days after her roommates didn't hear from her.

According to search warrants, Shao reportedly sent a text message using her boyfriend's phone, saying she was taking a bus to Minnesota, but detectives believe the message actually came from Li.

Police are still calling Li a person of interest in Shao's death.

The documents detail something else alarming. Detectives spoke with Li's friend, Karen Yang.

Yang told investigators that Li was upset with Shao because he overheard a conversation she was having with another man.

In the warrants, Yang says Li called Shao and she accidentally answered her phone and for thirty minutes Li claims he overheard Shao complaining about Li that "things about him that were not nice."

A few days passed by, and Yang checked in to see how Li and Shao were doing. Li replied back, saying, "fine for now."

Documents show about 17 days later her body was found in the trunk outside of her boyfriend's apartment.

Read the full documents here:

http://ftpcontent.worldnow.com/kwwl/Documents/Li1.pdf

http://ftpcontent.worldnow.com/kwwl/Documents/Li2.pdf

http://ftpcontent.worldnow.com/kwwl/Documents/Li3.pdf

http://ftpcontent.worldnow.com/kwwl/Documents/Li4.pdf

http://ftpcontent.worldnow.com/kwwl/Documents/Li5.pdf
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