A British university lecturer has been killed in China, Hong Kong police have said.

Hilary St John Bower, a 60-year-old English teacher at Hong Kong Polytechnic University, was found dead on the Chinese mainland.

Authorities believe that Bower was killed on the evening of 22 March, more than a week before he was reported as missing on 30 March.

A statement by Chinese authorities gave no specific details about how Bower was killed, a possible motive, or why it had taken three weeks to confirm his death.

The BBC reports on rumours that his death may be connected to a lucrative property sale in China, but Chinese authorities have not revealed whether his death was caused by a “criminal element”.

A UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office spokesperson said:

“We are providing assistance to the family of a British national reported missing in southern China and are urgently seeking further information from local authorities.”

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