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

The husband of Dorset nurse Rui Li, whose body was found hidden in a car in Bournemouth on Friday, has been charged with her murder.

Pierre Legris, 60, will appear before Bournemouth Magistrates' Court on Monday.

The 60-year-old was arrested after the body of Li, 44, was found inside a silver Fiat Punto, in Verwood Crescent, on Friday night.

Legris' 26-year-old son remains in custody after police secured extra time to question him.

Li was last seen leaving work at Poole Hospital in Dorset a week before her body was found, and her daughter, Lu Yao, had reported her missing on Tuesday.

She had been working at Poole Hospital since 2008, having moved to the UK with her daughter about a decade ago.

Police said Li lived "quite a private, personal life" and officers were trying to build a picture of her lifestyle.

Li's body has not yet been formally identified and an inquest into her death will open shortly.

Det Insp Marcus Hester, of the major crime investigation unit, said family liaison officers had been keeping the victim's daughter updated.

"Clearly, this is a very difficult time for her as she tries to come to terms with the loss of her mother," he said.

Forensics officers are still investigating the Punto and the area surrounding it, which is about four miles from Li's home on Burnham Drive.

Li's distinctive Porsche Boxster, with personalised number plate L1 RUI, was found outside a property in Wolverton Road.

Det Insp Hester said officers were still appealing for anyone with information about the case to contact police.

"In particular we would like anyone with information about the movements of two vehicles - a silver Fiat Punto with registration plate W887 PDL and a large white Ford Transit van with registration plate Y491 GFT - between Saturday 24 May and Wednesday 28 May 2014, to contact police," he said.