Nurse Rui Li not seen since leaving Poole Hospital on Friday afternoon

UPDATE WITH VIDEO: Man arrested for murder after nurse disappears

Rui Li, who went missing on Friday

DI Marcus Hester

Rui Li was last seen at Poole Hospital on Friday

Police at St Clement's Road

Forensics experts at Wolverton Road in Boscombe

Forensics at Burnham Drive

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A MAN has been arrested on suspicion of murder after a nurse disappeared from Poole Hospital.

Police said on Wednesday afternoon that they had launched a major investigation into the disappearance of 44-year-old nurse Rui Li, who was last seen leaving her workplace at Poole Hospital at around 6pm on Friday.

Investigations are continuing this morning.

Rui was reported missing to police on Tuesday morning and has not yet been located.

Detectives’ initial investigations have led to a 60-year-old man from Bournemouth, who is known to the woman, being arrested on suspicion of murder.

A police spokesman said yesterday that “extensive investigations” were ongoing, including forensics experts examining three addresses at Burnham Drive in Queen's Park and Wolverton Road and St Clement’s Road in Boscombe.

Yesterday a police car and scientific investigation van were present at the scene on Wolverton Road.

Betty Barwick, who lives opposite the property being investigated on Wolverton Road, said police had been at the property all day Tuesday as well as today.

"You do not expect something like this to happen so near to your home," she added.

"It used to be a really close knit community where everybody knew each other, but sadly that's not the case anymore."

Three forensic officers were investigating at the scene at Burnham Drive, where a private security worker was standing guard outside the house being investigated.

A police van was also parked at the end of the road.

Erna Cobb, of Burnham Drive, said: "It is such a quiet and lovely road. It was surprising to see the police here and everybody just wants to know what has happened."

Detectives are appealing for the public’s help to piece together Rui’s movements since Friday evening and to build a picture of her life.

Detective Inspector Marcus Hester, of the Major Crime Investigation Team, 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. I would ask anyone who has seen or heard from her since she left work at Poole Hospital to contact us.

“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.”

Speaking further to the Daily Echo, DI Hester added: “It gives us serious cause for concern for her welfare.

“We’re trying to find friends and family who can build picture of her life and give us more intimate detail about her.

“That’s the key for me at the moment.

“We need to find her. There are various things that have happened during the investigation that have given us cause for concern.

“I’m trying to remain optimistic that she will be found alive and well.”

DI Hester said that a family member had reported Rui missing and she had family in the Boscombe area.

The properties that were being searched had links to her.

“They are all obviously linked to Rui Li and we’re searching for any evidence and forensically examining them as well,” he added.

Police have circulated a photograph of Rui Li, who is described as a slim woman of Chinese appearance, roughly 5ft, 5in tall.

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

Debbie Fleming, chief executive of Poole Hospital said: “We are very concerned about Rui Li’s whereabouts and hope she will be found safe and well. We are working with the police to provide any help we can and support them in their investigation.”

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

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3:22pm Wed 28 May 14

wool525 says...

what is wrong with this world
what is wrong with this world wool525
  • Score: 20

3:23pm Wed 28 May 14

gurfy says...

Burnham Drive is nowhere near Boscombe, you can have the other two though.
Burnham Drive is nowhere near Boscombe, you can have the other two though. gurfy
  • Score: -15

3:50pm Wed 28 May 14

gurfy says...

And what is "Operation Timekeeper"? are police incidents not given numbers?

Tragic story, let's hope she is found safe and the arrest isn't a charge of murder.
And what is "Operation Timekeeper"? are police incidents not given numbers? Tragic story, let's hope she is found safe and the arrest isn't a charge of murder. gurfy
  • Score: 11

6:02pm Wed 28 May 14

Sir Beachy Head says...

wool525 wrote:
what is wrong with this world
It's got humans in it. It was perfectly fine till they showed up.
[quote][p][bold]wool525[/bold] wrote: what is wrong with this world[/p][/quote]It's got humans in it. It was perfectly fine till they showed up. Sir Beachy Head
  • Score: 26

6:03pm Wed 28 May 14

Yankee1 says...

If this arrested person is guilty, he should man up and tell police where the remains are, thus allowing immediate closure for her friends and family. He will be treated fairly, under the law, if he cooperates. Assuming, that is, that the arrested is guilty.

Innocent until then proven guilty; is proven, the sentencing will be commensurate with the cooperation the guilty provided to the police. If he refuses, then let justice be harsh.

Her family and friends deserve our thoughts.
If this arrested person is guilty, he should man up and tell police where the remains are, thus allowing immediate closure for her friends and family. He will be treated fairly, under the law, if he cooperates. Assuming, that is, that the arrested is guilty. Innocent until then proven guilty; is proven, the sentencing will be commensurate with the cooperation the guilty provided to the police. If he refuses, then let justice be harsh. Her family and friends deserve our thoughts. Yankee1
  • Score: 1

6:21pm Wed 28 May 14

PurpleBiker says...

gurfy wrote:
Burnham Drive is nowhere near Boscombe, you can have the other two though.
It actually says Queens Park!
[quote][p][bold]gurfy[/bold] wrote: Burnham Drive is nowhere near Boscombe, you can have the other two though.[/p][/quote]It actually says Queens Park! PurpleBiker
  • Score: 3

6:29pm Wed 28 May 14

gurfy says...

PurpleBiker wrote:
gurfy wrote:
Burnham Drive is nowhere near Boscombe, you can have the other two though.
It actually says Queens Park!
The original story said, and I quote directly "Burnham Drive, Wolverton Road and St Clement’s Road all of which are in Boscombe."

My emphasis is "ALL of which are in Boscombe"

It has since been edited.

Burnham Drive is almost the other side of Bournemouth, but trust the OHEC to find yet another story to slander the name of my area, my home and my community.

Although that being said, there is a 2/3 chance that this is, indeed, yet another crime committed in Boscombe.
[quote][p][bold]PurpleBiker[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]gurfy[/bold] wrote: Burnham Drive is nowhere near Boscombe, you can have the other two though.[/p][/quote]It actually says Queens Park![/p][/quote]The original story said, and I quote directly "Burnham Drive, Wolverton Road and St Clement’s Road all of which are in Boscombe." My emphasis is "ALL of which are in Boscombe" It has since been edited. Burnham Drive is almost the other side of Bournemouth, but trust the OHEC to find yet another story to slander the name of my area, my home and my community. Although that being said, there is a 2/3 chance that this is, indeed, yet another crime committed in Boscombe. gurfy
  • Score: -9

6:52pm Wed 28 May 14

Gingertree says...

Wtf does OHEC stand for??? o_O
Wtf does OHEC stand for??? o_O Gingertree
  • Score: -5

7:01pm Wed 28 May 14

abc100 says...

Gingertree wrote:
Wtf does OHEC stand for??? o_O
Really !!!!!
[quote][p][bold]Gingertree[/bold] wrote: Wtf does OHEC stand for??? o_O[/p][/quote]Really !!!!! abc100
  • Score: 1

7:15pm Wed 28 May 14

60plus says...

Absolutely lovely person,hope the police are wrong and she is found well.
Absolutely lovely person,hope the police are wrong and she is found well. 60plus
  • Score: 13

7:39pm Wed 28 May 14

in-my-opinion says...

gurfy wrote:
PurpleBiker wrote:
gurfy wrote:
Burnham Drive is nowhere near Boscombe, you can have the other two though.
It actually says Queens Park!
The original story said, and I quote directly "Burnham Drive, Wolverton Road and St Clement’s Road all of which are in Boscombe."

My emphasis is "ALL of which are in Boscombe"

It has since been edited.

Burnham Drive is almost the other side of Bournemouth, but trust the OHEC to find yet another story to slander the name of my area, my home and my community.

Although that being said, there is a 2/3 chance that this is, indeed, yet another crime committed in Boscombe.
First of all, my thoughts are with the lady and her family at this sad and worrying time.

Second, Burnham Drive the other side of Bournemouth? Are you being serious?! I would suggest that Kinson is the other side of Bournemouth. Burnham Drive is just across the other side of the Wessex Way, and much closer to the other streets than you are suggesting. Please jump down from your snobby high horse and be less judgemental, you cannot possibly suggest that no murders have happened in your prestigious neck of the woods?

Really hope the matter in hand is dealt with swiftly ans sensitively.
[quote][p][bold]gurfy[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]PurpleBiker[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]gurfy[/bold] wrote: Burnham Drive is nowhere near Boscombe, you can have the other two though.[/p][/quote]It actually says Queens Park![/p][/quote]The original story said, and I quote directly "Burnham Drive, Wolverton Road and St Clement’s Road all of which are in Boscombe." My emphasis is "ALL of which are in Boscombe" It has since been edited. Burnham Drive is almost the other side of Bournemouth, but trust the OHEC to find yet another story to slander the name of my area, my home and my community. Although that being said, there is a 2/3 chance that this is, indeed, yet another crime committed in Boscombe.[/p][/quote]First of all, my thoughts are with the lady and her family at this sad and worrying time. Second, Burnham Drive the other side of Bournemouth? Are you being serious?! I would suggest that Kinson is the other side of Bournemouth. Burnham Drive is just across the other side of the Wessex Way, and much closer to the other streets than you are suggesting. Please jump down from your snobby high horse and be less judgemental, you cannot possibly suggest that no murders have happened in your prestigious neck of the woods? Really hope the matter in hand is dealt with swiftly ans sensitively. in-my-opinion
  • Score: 8

7:52pm Wed 28 May 14

Sir Beachy Head says...

I hope this won't turn into another Boscombe bashing thread. The place is wonderful, full of kind considerate human beings who's occasional indiscretions are really very minor and not a tenth as bad as some would have you believe.

Now, coming to this conclusion took a little bit of time to find out what a genuinely bad place is and how other people behave there. To achieve this new level of learning I simply typed Syria Execution into YouTube and watched the first ten clips all the way through.

After my education was complete I now see Boscombe as identical to Sandbanks. Paradise. Try it for yourself.
I hope this won't turn into another Boscombe bashing thread. The place is wonderful, full of kind considerate human beings who's occasional indiscretions are really very minor and not a tenth as bad as some would have you believe. Now, coming to this conclusion took a little bit of time to find out what a genuinely bad place is and how other people behave there. To achieve this new level of learning I simply typed Syria Execution into YouTube and watched the first ten clips all the way through. After my education was complete I now see Boscombe as identical to Sandbanks. Paradise. Try it for yourself. Sir Beachy Head
  • Score: -13

8:49pm Wed 28 May 14

Sparkle1326 says...

After yesterdays comments from Sir Beachy Head re carer stealing money from lady with dementia why has he not stuck to the original story of a Nurse missing? Please Sir Beachy Head get a life. That old lady is my mum and the Nurse is someone's daughter!
After yesterdays comments from Sir Beachy Head re carer stealing money from lady with dementia why has he not stuck to the original story of a Nurse missing? Please Sir Beachy Head get a life. That old lady is my mum and the Nurse is someone's daughter! Sparkle1326
  • Score: 11

8:59pm Wed 28 May 14

Gingertree says...

Yes really!
Yes really! Gingertree
  • Score: -1

12:12am Thu 29 May 14

ASM says...

it's a shame they couldn't send the guilty person to china for some real justice
it's a shame they couldn't send the guilty person to china for some real justice ASM
  • Score: 4

12:35am Thu 29 May 14

wadjit says...

Sir Beachy Head wrote:
I hope this won't turn into another Boscombe bashing thread. The place is wonderful, full of kind considerate human beings who's occasional indiscretions are really very minor and not a tenth as bad as some would have you believe.

Now, coming to this conclusion took a little bit of time to find out what a genuinely bad place is and how other people behave there. To achieve this new level of learning I simply typed Syria Execution into YouTube and watched the first ten clips all the way through.

After my education was complete I now see Boscombe as identical to Sandbanks. Paradise. Try it for yourself.
i agree entirely.
[quote][p][bold]Sir Beachy Head[/bold] wrote: I hope this won't turn into another Boscombe bashing thread. The place is wonderful, full of kind considerate human beings who's occasional indiscretions are really very minor and not a tenth as bad as some would have you believe. Now, coming to this conclusion took a little bit of time to find out what a genuinely bad place is and how other people behave there. To achieve this new level of learning I simply typed Syria Execution into YouTube and watched the first ten clips all the way through. After my education was complete I now see Boscombe as identical to Sandbanks. Paradise. Try it for yourself.[/p][/quote]i agree entirely. wadjit
  • Score: 0

6:16am Thu 29 May 14

gurfy says...

in-my-opinion wrote:
gurfy wrote:
PurpleBiker wrote:
gurfy wrote:
Burnham Drive is nowhere near Boscombe, you can have the other two though.
It actually says Queens Park!
The original story said, and I quote directly "Burnham Drive, Wolverton Road and St Clement’s Road all of which are in Boscombe."

My emphasis is "ALL of which are in Boscombe"

It has since been edited.

Burnham Drive is almost the other side of Bournemouth, but trust the OHEC to find yet another story to slander the name of my area, my home and my community.

Although that being said, there is a 2/3 chance that this is, indeed, yet another crime committed in Boscombe.
First of all, my thoughts are with the lady and her family at this sad and worrying time.

Second, Burnham Drive the other side of Bournemouth? Are you being serious?! I would suggest that Kinson is the other side of Bournemouth. Burnham Drive is just across the other side of the Wessex Way, and much closer to the other streets than you are suggesting. Please jump down from your snobby high horse and be less judgemental, you cannot possibly suggest that no murders have happened in your prestigious neck of the woods?

Really hope the matter in hand is dealt with swiftly ans sensitively.
I live in Boscombe, Florence Road,
[quote][p][bold]in-my-opinion[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]gurfy[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]PurpleBiker[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]gurfy[/bold] wrote: Burnham Drive is nowhere near Boscombe, you can have the other two though.[/p][/quote]It actually says Queens Park![/p][/quote]The original story said, and I quote directly "Burnham Drive, Wolverton Road and St Clement’s Road all of which are in Boscombe." My emphasis is "ALL of which are in Boscombe" It has since been edited. Burnham Drive is almost the other side of Bournemouth, but trust the OHEC to find yet another story to slander the name of my area, my home and my community. Although that being said, there is a 2/3 chance that this is, indeed, yet another crime committed in Boscombe.[/p][/quote]First of all, my thoughts are with the lady and her family at this sad and worrying time. Second, Burnham Drive the other side of Bournemouth? Are you being serious?! I would suggest that Kinson is the other side of Bournemouth. Burnham Drive is just across the other side of the Wessex Way, and much closer to the other streets than you are suggesting. Please jump down from your snobby high horse and be less judgemental, you cannot possibly suggest that no murders have happened in your prestigious neck of the woods? Really hope the matter in hand is dealt with swiftly ans sensitively.[/p][/quote]I live in Boscombe, Florence Road, gurfy
  • Score: 0

8:21am Thu 29 May 14

misplacedspaniard says...

abc100 wrote:
Gingertree wrote:
Wtf does OHEC stand for??? o_O
Really !!!!!
Yes really. We don't all understand what OHEC means so please explain.
[quote][p][bold]abc100[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Gingertree[/bold] wrote: Wtf does OHEC stand for??? o_O[/p][/quote]Really !!!!![/p][/quote]Yes really. We don't all understand what OHEC means so please explain. misplacedspaniard
  • Score: 0

8:49am Thu 29 May 14

Hobie18007 says...

misplacedspaniard wrote:
abc100 wrote:
Gingertree wrote:
Wtf does OHEC stand for??? o_O
Really !!!!!
Yes really. We don't all understand what OHEC means so please explain.
Anagram....go figure.
[quote][p][bold]misplacedspaniard[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]abc100[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Gingertree[/bold] wrote: Wtf does OHEC stand for??? o_O[/p][/quote]Really !!!!![/p][/quote]Yes really. We don't all understand what OHEC means so please explain.[/p][/quote]Anagram....go figure. Hobie18007
  • Score: 1

8:51am Thu 29 May 14

60plus says...

Why don't all you pathetic people stop whinging about street locations and start thinking about the nurse involved .
Why don't all you pathetic people stop whinging about street locations and start thinking about the nurse involved . 60plus
  • Score: 12

9:19am Thu 29 May 14

gurfy says...

Happened to have left the tab open at work last night:

"A police spokesman this afternoon said that “extensive investigations” were ongoing, including forensics experts examining three addresses at Burnham Drive, Wolverton Road and St Clement’s Road, all in Boscombe, Bournemouth. "

I sincerely hope this matter comes to the resolution not reported above, but the reporter was quick to jump on the anti-boscombe bandwagon and blame this situation entirely on my area.
Happened to have left the tab open at work last night: "A police spokesman this afternoon said that “extensive investigations” were ongoing, including forensics experts examining three addresses at Burnham Drive, Wolverton Road and St Clement’s Road, all in Boscombe, Bournemouth. " I sincerely hope this matter comes to the resolution not reported above, but the reporter was quick to jump on the anti-boscombe bandwagon and blame this situation entirely on my area. gurfy
  • Score: -1

10:36am Thu 29 May 14

Sir Beachy Head says...

Sparkle1326 wrote:
After yesterdays comments from Sir Beachy Head re carer stealing money from lady with dementia why has he not stuck to the original story of a Nurse missing? Please Sir Beachy Head get a life. That old lady is my mum and the Nurse is someone's daughter!
I didn't comment on the stealing of money so get your facts right..
[quote][p][bold]Sparkle1326[/bold] wrote: After yesterdays comments from Sir Beachy Head re carer stealing money from lady with dementia why has he not stuck to the original story of a Nurse missing? Please Sir Beachy Head get a life. That old lady is my mum and the Nurse is someone's daughter![/p][/quote]I didn't comment on the stealing of money so get your facts right.. Sir Beachy Head
  • Score: 0

8:23am Fri 30 May 14

rozmister says...

gurfy wrote:
Happened to have left the tab open at work last night:

"A police spokesman this afternoon said that “extensive investigations” were ongoing, including forensics experts examining three addresses at Burnham Drive, Wolverton Road and St Clement’s Road, all in Boscombe, Bournemouth. "

I sincerely hope this matter comes to the resolution not reported above, but the reporter was quick to jump on the anti-boscombe bandwagon and blame this situation entirely on my area.
Who cares whether the Echo accidentally said Burnham Drive was in Boscombe?!?! I doubt very much it's all about Boscombe, as much as I'm sure some residents would like to think it is, it's probably the chaos of trying to update and collate content from information from three reporters at three scenes. A woman is missing, presumed murdered, that's the most important part of the story surely!
[quote][p][bold]gurfy[/bold] wrote: Happened to have left the tab open at work last night: "A police spokesman this afternoon said that “extensive investigations” were ongoing, including forensics experts examining three addresses at Burnham Drive, Wolverton Road and St Clement’s Road, all in Boscombe, Bournemouth. " I sincerely hope this matter comes to the resolution not reported above, but the reporter was quick to jump on the anti-boscombe bandwagon and blame this situation entirely on my area.[/p][/quote]Who cares whether the Echo accidentally said Burnham Drive was in Boscombe?!?! I doubt very much it's all about Boscombe, as much as I'm sure some residents would like to think it is, it's probably the chaos of trying to update and collate content from information from three reporters at three scenes. A woman is missing, presumed murdered, that's the most important part of the story surely! rozmister
  • Score: 1

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