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Husband charged with murder of missing Poole nurse

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The husband and step-son of the missing Poole nurse have been charged in connection with her murder, after her body was discovered in the boot of a car.

Rui Li, 44, was last seen leaving Poole Hospital after finishing a shift at 6pm on Friday 23 May.

On Saturday Dorset Police found her body in the boot of a silver Fiat Punto parked on a street in Bournemouth.

Her husband, 60-year-old Pierre Legris, has been charged with her murder. His son Jonathan Legris, 26, has been charged with assisting an offender.

Detective Inspector Marcus Hester, of the major crime investigation team, said the police still wanted to hear from anyone with information that could help with the investigation.

He said: “In particular we would like anyone with information about the movements of two vehicles – a silver Fiat Punto with registration plate W887 PDL and a large white Ford Transit van with registration plate Y491 GFT – between Saturday 24 May and Wednesday 28 May 2014 to contact police.” 

He added: “Family Liaison Officers have updated Rui’s daughter with these developments – clearly, this is a very difficult time for her as she tries to come to terms with the loss of her mother.”

Ms Li and her daughter came to the UK from China 10 years ago. She had worked at Poole Hospital since 2009, most recently in the Medical Investigations Unit.

Colleagues described her as “gentle and serene” and “conscientious to a tee”.

Pierre Legris was due to appear at Bournemouth Magistrates Court today. Jonathan Legris has been released on bail and will appear before magistrates on 17 June.

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