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- A BODY has been found in a car in Bournemouth in the search for missing Poole nurse Rui Li.
- The 44-year-old’s next of kin have been informed.
- The body was found in a Fiat Punto on Verwood Crescent near Wick at 10.30pm on Friday, May 30.
- The road remained cordoned off on Saturday morning as forensics officers continued their enquiries.
- Police are still appealing for information about a white Ford Transit van, Y491 GFT, and its movements over last weekend.
- Two men, aged 26 and 60, are being questioned.
Residents said the car was taken away later this afternoon following hours of forensic investigation.
Police have reopened Verwood Crescent following the discovery of a body, believed to be Rui Li's, last night.
Here's some video footage of the scene today at Verwood Crescent.
4:17pm Sat 31 May 14
What a very sad outcome. It sounds like the lady in question was a caring, dedicated individual who devoted her life to helping others. How terrible for her, her family, her colleagues and her friends.
For the latest on the police investigation from DI Marcus Hester who is leading Operation Timekeeper click here
1:18pm Sat 31 May 14
John T says
As a patient of Rui at Poole Hospital Medical Investigation Unit, I can say one could never have expected to be treated by a kinder, or more compassionate and dedicated nurse.
My thoughts and sympathy are with her family, especially her daughter, and her friends and colleagues at Poole Hospital. RIP, Rui.
Here is some video from today's police interview with DI Marcus Hester
Police now carrying out door to door enquiries in Verwood Cres @Bournemouthecho http://t.co/JvtIC7aMFl— @RichardBmthEcho 31 May 2014
CSI officer at the scene @Bournemouthecho http://t.co/w925aBoeDQ— @RichardBmthEcho 31 May 2014
Police officers can be seen going door to door to properties in Verwood Crescent.— @KatieDailyEcho 31 May 2014
He also confirmed that the two people arrested are a father and son.
Police have until just after midnight to charge or release the 60-year-old man. They have already received a 36-hour extension to the time period for questioning the 26-year-old.
He confirmed that the body was found in the boot of the Fiat Punto.
The car is linked to Cromer Motors on St Clements Road in Bournemouth but the owner of a car is not a suspect.
Our reporter Gayle McDonald has been speaking to DI Marcus Hester at Poole police station for the latest on the enquiry.
Forensic officers are moving blue screen to allow neighbour out of driveway. People are being told they can move cars out.— @KatieDailyEcho 31 May 2014
Picture by Ollie Pennington of Bournemouth Helicopters.
An undertakers vehicle has arrived at the scene.— @KatieDailyEcho 31 May 2014
This picture of the scene in Verwood Crescent has come from Ollie Pennington of Bournemouth Helicopters.
People from nearby streets are coming to see the scene. Disbelief and sadness expressed over situation. Say they have been following...— @KatieDailyEcho 31 May 2014
...story this week. One man said: "I'm as shocked as any neighbour might be. We can't believe this is happening on our doorstep."— @KatieDailyEcho 31 May 2014
One woman, who lives behind the police cordon said police woke her last night to ask her to move her car. It was parked next to the Fiat.— @KatieDailyEcho 31 May 2014
She said she doesn't take much notice of the parked cars and wouldn't necessarily have noticed a different car in the street.— @KatieDailyEcho 31 May 2014
...the cordon. "I've never even seen a police car in this road before now", he added.— @KatieDailyEcho 31 May 2014
Eddy McCarthy, resident, said: "people in this road are amazed by this. It's so peaceful, it's unbelievable." Said he woke up to discover...— @KatieDailyEcho 31 May 2014
A tent covers the scene in Verwood Crescent while investigations are carried out. @Bournemouthecho http://t.co/D9SoPPbppl— @RichardBmthEcho 31 May 2014
"Everyone is shocked. We can't believe it's happening here. It's terrible for that poor woman's family".— @KatieDailyEcho 31 May 2014
Forensic van just been opened up.Plain clothes officers on scene as well as white suited CSI officers.People seen coming in and out of homes— @KatieDailyEcho 31 May 2014
PCSOs on patrol in the area today. Providing reassurance for residents. Screens shielding all the forensic work going on.— @KatieDailyEcho 31 May 2014
One man, whose daughter lives in a house behind the cordon said: "Nothing ever happens here. It is the quietest road ever."— @KatieDailyEcho 31 May 2014
She said neighbours say the car has been there possibly since Wednesday. Her grandparents are 'shocked' but okay. Screens shielding car.— @KatieDailyEcho 31 May 2014
She says investigation is 'very respectful' to residential surroundings. Not been told how long police will be in road.— @KatieDailyEcho 31 May 2014
Amy Ellson, visiting grandfather who lives in bungalow next to forensic tents said people are shocked by what's happened.— @KatieDailyEcho 31 May 2014
Police have erected a screen around the scene @Bournemouthecho http://t.co/IvOo1ZFYGr— @RichardBmthEcho 31 May 2014
Police have found a body in a car in Verwood Cres, believed be that of missing nurse Rui Li @Bournemouthecho http://t.co/bPK8HG29pS— @RichardBmthEcho 31 May 2014
One resident said they saw 2 police cars at 10.30 and when they went to bed at midnight there was a full police response. Total disbelief.— @KatieDailyEcho 31 May 2014
The scene in Verwood Crescent this morning.
Scene in Verwood Crescent where body of Rui Li is believed to have been found in a car. http://t.co/5kcn1OTibM— @KatieDailyEcho 31 May 2014
Some neighbours describe hearing a lot of noise - banging of car doors - at 10.30pm last night. Then quiet. Woke up to see police activity.— @KatieDailyEcho 31 May 2014
Neighbours in total shock at the police activity in Verwood Crescent. Many describe it as the "quietest road in Bournemouth" until today.— @KatieDailyEcho 31 May 2014
Reporter Katie Clark and photographer Richard Crease are at the scene in Verwood Crescent.
Here is the statement issued by Dorset Police this morning:
Detectives investigating the disappearance of a Poole nurse have found a body in Bournemouth – with officers appealing for information about a vehicle involved.
At around 10.30pm on Friday evening, 30 May 2014, officers searching for 44-year-old Rui Li discovered a body concealed within a silver Fiat Punto, with the registration number of W887 PDL, along Verwood Crescent in Bournemouth.
The body is believed to be Rui Li and her next of kin have been informed. Her Majesty’s Coroner has been made aware, although formal identification has not yet taken place.
Specialists are forensically examining the car and the surrounding area. The road is expected to be closed until later tomorrow morning, Saturday 31 May, at the earliest.
Detectives continue to appeal for anyone who has any information about Rui Li’s movements after 6.17pm on Friday 23 May 2014.
Detective Inspector Marcus Hester, of Dorset Police’s Major Crime Investigation Team, said: “This remains a very proactive investigation and we are still appealing for the public’s assistance.
“We now wish to speak with anyone who has any information about the silver Fiat Punto, W887 PDL. This car may have been seen in the area of Cromer Motors on St Clements Road and on or around Knyveton Road in Boscombe between Sunday 25 May and Wednesday 28 2014. We also believe that this vehicle travelled between Verwood and Hengistbury Head on Wednesday 28 May 2014.
“We are also appealing for information about the movement of a large white Ford Transit van, Y491 GFT. We believe that this van may have been seen in and around the Cromer Motors site and also Burnham Drive between Saturday 24 May and Tuesday 27 May 2014.
“Anyone with any information about these vehicles should contact Dorset Police as soon as possible.”
Two Bournemouth men arrested on suspicion of murder, aged 26 and 60, are continuing to be questioned. These men are known to Rui Li and to each other.
Extensive forensic investigations continue on a number of addresses in the Bournemouth area. They are Rui’s home at 30 Burnham Drive in Queens Park, Cromer Motors in St Clement’s Road,118 Wolverton Road and 31 Spring Road, all in Boscombe.
A number of vehicles have also been seized for forensic examination.
Anyone with information should call Dorset Police on 101 quoting Operation Timekeeper or incident log 258 of 28 May or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111, where mobile phone tariffs may apply.
Police are on the scene in Verwood Crescent, near Wick, where a body found "concealed" in a Fiat Punto is thought to be that of missing nurse Rui Li.