Update: UNL Professor detained in China will return to U.S.

Weixing Li/Photo Courtesy: UNL

By:  Newsroom

The University of Nebraska-Lincoln says a professor who disappeared in China has called his family and will be returning to the United States.

David Wilson, the university's international affairs officer, announced Wednesday that assistant business professor Weixing Li called his family to say he will return to the U.S. as soon as flight arrangements can be made. Wilson says he had no further details.

On Monday, NU administrators were trying to find Li. She says several students who joined him on a study-abroad trip grew concerned last week when Li stopped returning their emails. Li was leading 18 students on an international study program that began May 5.

University officials said Li, a Chinese citizen teaching business at UNL, had been detained by Chinese authorities.

UNL officials say Weixing Li is an assistant business professor who had accompanied students on a study-abroad trip. The students last saw him earlier this month, after the four-week program ended.