Shuqin Zhang. Photo: BPD
Shuqin Zhang has been missing since Thursday. Photo: BPD

Update, Jan. 10, 8:30 a.m. Berkeley police are reporting that, during their search for missing student Shuqin Zhang, “several items identified as belonging to Shuqin were located on the cliff above the ocean.” This was by the Point Reyes lighthouse near where the 22-year-old’s car was found Saturday.

Update, Jan. 9, 3:04 p.m. Berkeley police released an update regarding Shuqin Zhang, the 22-year-old who was classified as “missing and at risk” Friday.

Early Saturday morning, Zhang’s vehicle was found at Point Reyes near the lighthouse area, according to BPD. The vehicle was unoccupied and search efforts are underway. The National Park Service, U.S. Coast Guard and Marin County Search and Rescue are looking for Zhang. Berkeley police investigators are on scene and coordinating with those agencies.

Zhang’s car, a white 2012 Mercedes C250 like this one, has been found at Point Reyes
Zhang’s car, a white 2012 Mercedes C250 like this one, has been found at Point Reyes

Zhang, a UC Berkeley graduate student, was last seen in in Berkeley on Thursday, Jan. 7, at 1:30 a.m.

Original story, Jan. 8, 7:37 p.m. The Berkeley Police Department is looking for a 22-year-old UC Berkeley graduate student who has been missing since Thursday.

Police are asking for the community’s help in finding Shuqin Zhang. She has black hair, brown eyes, is 5 foot 2 inches tall and weighs about 90 pounds.

“Shuqin is a UC Berkeley graduate student who has been depressed and out of character lately.… She was to fly to China this morning, but did not board her flight,” police said.

Shuqin Zhang. Photo: BPD
Shuqin Zhang. Photo: BPD

According to a police statement released Friday evening, Zhang wears glasses and may have been wearing a greenish blue hooded sweatshirt when she was last seen Thursday at 1:30 a.m. in Berkeley.

Police said she may have gone to Bodega Bay at 3:40 a.m. Thursday. No-one has heard from her since.

Zhang may be driving a white 2012 Mercedes C250 with the license plate number 6SFE299. (The vehicle year was updated after publication in response to a correction from BPD.)

She is pursuing her master’s degree in statistics, according to her LinkedIn profile.

Police ask anyone who has seen or sees Zhang to call the Berkeley Police Department at 510-981-5900 (case #16-1330).

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Emilie Raguso (former senior editor, news) joined Berkeleyside in 2012 and covered politics, public safety and development until her departure in 2022. In 2017, Emilie was named Journalist...