Dorset

Missing nurse murder: Last CCTV sighting image released

CCTV image of Rui Li leaving the hospital car park Image copyright Police
Image caption CCTV showed Rui Li leaving the Poole Hospital car park at 18:17 on Friday in her Porsche Boxster

A CCTV image of the last confirmed sighting of a nurse before she vanished has been released by Dorset Police.

Rui Li, 44, was last seen leaving Poole Hospital, where she worked, at 18:17 BST on Friday. She was reported missing on Tuesday morning.

A 60-year-old man from Bournemouth remains in custody after being arrested on suspicion of murder. Police said he was known to Ms Li.

Forensic experts are examining three addresses in Bournemouth.

One of the properties is a house in Burnham Drive, Charminster, where Ms Li is believed to have been living and one of the others a car repair workshop in St Clement's Road in Boscombe.

Moved from China

Ms Li's Porsche Boxster, which has a personalised number plate, was later recovered from an address on Wolverton Road in Boscombe.

Det Insp Marcus Hester said: "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.

"We are also building a better picture of her lifestyle, interests and friends.

"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.

Image copyright Dorset Police
Image caption Ms Li sometimes wears glasses and often wears her shoulder-length black hair in a ponytail

"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 UK from China with her daughter about ten years ago and has worked as a nurse at Poole Hospital since April 2009, where she currently works in the medical investigations unit.

Her teenage daughter is now receiving close support from family liaison officers, police said.

In a statement, her colleagues from her team at the hospital said: "Rui was 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.

"Her nature was gentle and serene and that is part of the reason why we and the patients love her so much."

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