A teenage Chinese exchange student who authorities say was the victim of an international online kidnapping scheme has been rescued after nearly freezing to death in a tent outside Salt Lake City.
Authorities say Kai Zhuang, 17, ran away from his host home Dec. 28 after cybercriminals convinced him his family in China was being threatened. His family told police they had paid a $80,000 ransom after Zhuang sent them a photo indicating he was being held against his will.
Investigators announced Sunday that they had found him alone and "very cold and scared" in a snowy canyon northeast of the city and released helicopter and drone video showing them evacuating Zhuang and taking down his tent. Temperatures while he was gone had dipped below freezing.