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Missing British teacher killed in Shenzhen

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A 60-year-old Hong Kong resident and British national who had gone missing after travelling to China through Lo Wu was apparently murdered on the night of his disappearance, according to police.

After an exhaustive three-week search by coworkers, family and friends, mainland authorities issued a “notification” that Hilary St John Bower of Hong Kong Polytechnic University was killed on the mainland on March 22, when he was last seen at the border crossing, a spokesman of the Hong Kong police said.

As of press time, no details surrounding the circumstances of his death have been revealed, nor exactly when Hong Kong authorities were informed about his murder, although arrests have supposedly been made in the mainland, according to a report by the South China Morning Post.

The victim’s previous disappearance had been linked to a HK$9 million property deal, although its connection hasn’t been confirmed.

Members of his family were highly displeased by the inaction of both China and Hong Kong police, having learned of his death from the media. Britain’s Foreign and Commonwealth Office in London had been collaborating with local authorities through diplomats in Hong Kong and Guangzhou since his disappearance.

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