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Missing USF Student Found Dead in Fresno County: Sheriff

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A missing University of San Francisco student was found dead inside a crashed car, the Fresno County Sheriff Coroner's Office said Sunday.

According to the CHP, they received a report of a crash Saturday on Panoche Road, west of southbound Interstate 5 in Fresno County.

When authorities went to the scene, they found a Tesla that was overturned in a ditch and found a man inside. The victim was pronounced dead at the scene.

The victim was later identified as 21-year-old Christopher Liang.

Liang was reported missing at the end of February, after he failed to return from a road trip from San Francisco to Irvine. Liang rented a Tesla for the trip.

The University of San Francisco confirmed to NBC Bay Area Sunday that Liang was a student there.

The case also drew a lot of attention on social media.

CHP officials believe the crash may have happened sometime between Feb. 28 and Mar. 5.

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