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  • 31 May 2014, 20:39

Body Found In Search For Missing Dorset Nurse

Police investigating the disappearance of a nurse who went missing from the hospital where she works have found a body in the boot of a car.

Detectives "strongly believe" the body is that of 44-year-old Rui Li, who was last seen leaving Poole Hospital in Dorset at around 6pm on May 23.

Two men, a father and son aged 60 and 26, are being questioned on suspicion of murdering Ms Li, from Boscombe in Bournemouth.

The body was found "concealed within a silver Fiat Punto" along Verwood Crescent in north Bournemouth, a spokesman for Dorset Police said.

Detective Inspector Marcus Hester told Sky News they believe the car was left there sometime on Wednesday morning and Ms Li's body has been moved a number of times since she died, which was either on the Friday she went missing or the next day.

He added: "This is the start of a long investigation and we need a lot of detail. We know that Rui Li worked as a nurse at Poole General Hospital and she left that work at 6pm last Friday.

"What we don't have is a lot of information about her private life, her friends and her family or anybody that generally knew her through work.

"Therefore I'm appealing for them to come forward so we can build a full picture as to her life."

Specialist officers are forensically examining the vehicle and the surrounding area, which is some four miles from Ms Li's home in Burnham Drive.

Experts have already examined Ms Li's house.

Her distinctive Porsche Boxter, with the personalised number plate L1 RUI, was found outside a property in Wolverton Road.

Several vehicles have been seized.

In a statement released by police earlier this week, her 18-year-old daughter Lu Yao appealed for information about her mother's whereabouts and urged her to get in touch, even if she "just wanted to get away".

"My mum is a very conscientious and caring nurse and never lets anyone down, Miss Yao said.

"She is a very loving mum, supporting me with my studies from when I came to the UK from China.

"She prides herself on her timekeeping and my mum has never gone missing before.

"This is completely out of character and I'm very worried. I really miss her and I just want her home."

Ms Li moved to the UK from China a decade ago and started working at the hospital in 2009.

Her next of kin has been informed.

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