- Associated Press - Thursday, July 28, 2016

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Officials say bones found by hikers on the Northern California shoreline in April have been identified as those of a missing University of California, Berkeley graduate student.

The San Francisco Chronicle reports (https://bit.ly/2a5oUYG ) that 22-year-old Shuqin Zhang was pursing her master’s degree in statistics and last seen in Berkeley on Jan. 7. Officials confirmed Wednesday that the bones found on Drakes Beach in Point Reyes National Seashore were Zhang’s.

Friends had told authorities that Zhang seemed depressed, failed a class and missed an important flight to China before disappearing.

Officials tracked Zhang’s phone and determined that she was headed to the coast. Berkeley Police Department Sgt. Andrew Frankel says Zhang’s car was found near the Point Reyes Lighthouse and her belongings were found on a cliff overlooking the ocean.

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Information from: San Francisco Chronicle, https://www.sfgate.com

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