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Second arrest made in case of missing Poole nurse

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A second man has been arrested in connection with the disappearance of a nurse last seen leaving her workplace at Poole Hospital on the evening of 23 May.

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

“We know that she was a reliable and hardworking nurse”

Marcus Hester

Dorset Police said in a statement today that a 26-year-old man had also been arrested on suspicion of murder and was being questioned. Both men are known to Ms Li.

In addition, police have issued a CCTV image of Ms Li’s last confirmed sighting, as their search for her continues.

She left work colleagues at around 6pm on Friday 23 May and her car was seen leaving the car park at exactly 6.17pm that evening.

The distinctive silver Porsche Boxster with personalised number-plate L1 RUI was recovered by scenes of crime officers from an address along Wolverton Road yesterday.


CCTV footage of Rui Li

Detective inspector Marcus Hester said: “It is still absolutely crucial for the investigation to establish what has happened to Ms Li between Friday evening and Tuesday morning.

“I am hoping this image of her distinctive car may jog people’s memories. I am even interested to know if you saw the car moving around or being driven by anyone else over the Bank Holiday weekend.”

Police have appealed for help to piece together Ms Li’s movements since Friday evening and also to build up a picture of her life.

Mr Hester said: “We know that she was a reliable and hardworking nurse at Poole Hospital, who was popular with her colleagues, and also that she enjoyed outdoors activities, including climbing.

“However, since moving to the UK from China around a decade ago, she has also led quite a private personal life,” he said. “I am keen to speak to anyone who knows her well and would reassure them they are not breaking any trust by speaking to us.”

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

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Her colleagues described her as a “big character in our small close-knit team”.

“Funny and so unique, she was totally reliable, professional and conscientious to a tee. She is terribly missed by all of us,” they said in the police statement.

“Her nature was gentle and serene and that is part of the reason why we and the patients love her so much. If anybody knows anything please let the police know and help us find Rui.”

Anyone with information should call Dorset Police on 101 quoting Operation Timekeeper or incident log 258 of 28 May.

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