Nurse Rui Li's husband charged with her murder

Rui Li Image copyright Dorset Police
Image caption Nurse Rui Li had not been seen for more than a week when her body was found

The husband of nurse Rui Li, who was found dead in a car in Bournemouth, has been charged with her murder, Dorset Police have said.

Pierre Legris is due before Bournemouth Magistrates' Court on Monday.

The 60-year-old's son, Jonathan Legris, 26, has also been charged with assisting an offender, police said.

The pair, both from Bournemouth, were detained after the body of Ms Li, 44, was found inside a silver Fiat Punto, in Verwood Crescent, on Friday night.

Jonathan Legris. who was Ms Li's stepson, has been bailed and will appear before Bournemouth Magistrates' Court on 17 June.

'Very difficult time'

Ms Li had not been seen for more than a week and her daughter Lu Yao, 18, reported her missing last Tuesday.

She had worked at Poole Hospital since 2009 and first came to the UK from China with Ms Yao about 10 years ago.

Formal identification of Ms Li's body has not yet taken place and an inquest into her death is due to be opened.

Det Insp Marcus Hester, of the major crime investigation unit, said family liaison officers had been keeping her 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.

Forensic investigators have been examining the Punto, and the area around where it was found, about four miles from where Ms Li lived, in Burnham Drive.

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.

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