Search Warrants Released in Iowa State Student’s Death

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AMES, Iowa — A 90-day seal on search warrants related to the death of an Iowa State student is now over.

The 43 pages are giving some new details about Tong Shao’s death. The 20-year-old’s body was found in the trunk of a car in Iowa City in September.

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

He’s since returned home to China.

Detectives spoke with one of Li’s friends, who allegedly told police that Li was upset with Shao because he overheard a conversation that she was having with another man.

An employee at Li’s apartment complex also told detectives it appeared Li left in a hurry.

So far, no charges have been filed in the case.


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