Missing nurse Rui Li (Dorset Police)
Missing nurse Rui Li (Dorset Police)

A body believed to be that of a missing Bournemouth nurse has been discovered hidden in a car, said police.

Rui Li, 44, who worked at Poole Hospital, was last seen on the evening of 23 May, and was reported missing the following Tuesday.

Officers said they discovered the body "concealed within a silver Fiat Punto", with the registration number W887 PDL, along Verwood Crescent in north Bournemouth.

Two men, aged 20 and 60, have been arrested in connection with Li's death, said Dorset Police.

Det Insp Marcus Hester, of Dorset Police, said: "This remains a very proactive investigation and we are still appealing for the public's assistance."

Li was last seen leaving work at 6pm on Friday 23 May.

Hester appealed for the public's help to help to piece together Li's final movements.

"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 could assist us, to get in touch."

No formal identification of the body has taken place, but Li's next of kin have been informed, said Dorset Police.

Officers are conducting forensic examinations of properties in Burnham Drive, Wolverton Road and St Clement's Road, all in the Boscombe area.

Li's Porsche Boxster car was earlier found on Wolverton Road.

Hester added that another vehicle was also of interest: "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 24 and 27 May.

"Anyone with any information about these vehicles should contact Dorset police."