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.”