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Police make arrest after disappearance of nurse

Police in Dorset have launched a major investigation into the disappearance of Rui Li, who was last seen leaving her workplace at Poole Hospital at around 6pm on 23 May.

Ms Li, 44, was reported missing on Tuesday morning. Following initial investigations, the police said a 60-year-old man from Bournemouth who was known to Ms Li had been arrested on suspicion of murder.

“I would ask anyone who knew her well and may have information that that could assist us to get in touch”

Marcus Hester

Police said “extensive investigations are ongoing” and have appealed for help to piece together Ms Li’s movements since Friday evening.

Detective inspector Marcus Hester said: “We sadly have reason to believe Ms Li may have come to harm and have arrested a man on suspicion of murder. However, at this time we do not know her whereabouts.

“Our investigations are focused on establishing exactly what happened between Friday evening and the time Ms Li was reporting missing to us on Tuesday morning,” he said. “I would ask anyone who has seen or heard from her since she left work at Poole Hospital to contact us.”

He added: “We are building up a picture of her life, so I would also ask anyone who we haven’t spoken to already, who knew her well and may have information that that could assist us to get in touch.”

Police have circulated a photograph of Rui Li, who is described as a slim woman of Chinese appearance, roughly five feet, five inches in height.

She sometimes wears glasses and often wears her shoulder-length black hair in a ponytail.

Anyone with information should call Dorset Police on 101 quoting Operation Timekeeper.

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