Dorset

Rui Li murder: Ringwood searches in murder inquiry

Rui Li Image copyright Dorset Police
Image caption Nurse Rui Li was last seen alive by her 18-year-old daughter, Lu Yao on the evening of 23 May

Police investigating the murder of a nurse from Bournemouth have started searches near Ringwood in Hampshire.

The body of Rui Li, 44, was found in Verwood Crescent, Bournemouth on 30 May.

She died from a blow to the head and had not been seen for more than a week when her body was found.

Police have not given further details but said they are searching for "items that could be important to the ongoing inquiry".

Her husband Pierre Legris, 60, pleaded not guilty to her murder and a charge of bigamy at a hearing at Winchester Crown Court in September.

His son Jonathan, 26, has pleaded not guilty to assisting an offender, while Irene Erosa Smith, 65, has denied a charge of perverting the course of justice.

Ms Smith also pleaded not guilty to a charge of assisting an offender by impeding his apprehension or prosecution.

A trial is due to begin for all three defendants at Winchester Crown Court on 5 January.

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