Police Find Body of Missing Chinese Doctorate Student in London

Sihong Yan, a Chinese doctorate student at King’s College in London who disappeared about two weeks ago, was found dead at a Westminster address on Wednesday, according to the authorities.

The 35-year-old student, originally from Shenyang in Liaoning Province, was last seen at the university around noon on Feb. 14, according to the South China Morning Post.

A missing person report was then filed on Feb. 26, Monday.

Police discovered the body of the deceased woman when they arrived at an address in Mayfair, Westminster, on Wednesday morning, Get West London reported.

Yan, who has been enrolled at King’s College since September 2016, failed to make an appearance or reply to the email and text messages of her friends over the Lunar New Year holiday on Feb. 16, the King’s Chinese Students and Scholars Association said.

Her family members, who said that she failed to contact them through a regular weekend voice chat, have been informed of her death, which is not being treated as suspicious. A file will be prepared for the coroner.

We don’t know what’s happened and we’re so worried,” her father, Yan Keying, wrote on social media after appealing to the Chinese embassy in Britain for help earlier this week. “We’re very old and we don’t speak English. We can only appeal to the embassy to help us find out what happened.”

The Chinese embassy in Britain confirmed Yan’s death in a statement on Wednesday:

“The embassy has been informed by police that Yan was found dead in her residence. The relevant investigation is ongoing. The embassy has informed the family and will provide assistance. The family has asked to respect the privacy [of the deceased].”

Rong Luqi, another student, has reportedly been missing since Feb. 25 from Imperial College London after leaving a message on a social media group that she had been kidnapped, according to the college’s Chinese students’ association.

Featured image left via Metropolitan Police

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