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Missing Chinese student found dead in London

Death of Yan Sihong from Liaoning province not treated as suspicious

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 28 February, 2018, 2:41pm
UPDATED : Friday, 02 March, 2018, 5:45pm

A Chinese student who disappeared in London two weeks ago was found dead on Wednesday. 

Police discovered the body of Yan Sihong, a doctorate student at King’s College London, at an address in Westminster.

The death was not being treated as suspicious and police said her next of kin had been informed. 

Yin, 35, a native of Shenyang in Liaoning province, had been studying at the college since September 2016.

The Chinese Students and Scholars Association at King’s said she had been due to meet friends over the Lunar New Year holiday on February 16 but did not show up or reply to messages. 

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King’s said her college email account was logged into two days later, but nothing had been heard of her since. 

The Chinese embassy in Britain issued a statement on Wednesday confirming the death.

“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],” the statement said.

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Earlier this week her parents appealed for help on social media, saying their daughter failed to contact them for a weekend online video chat and had not returned phone calls. 

“We don’t know what’s happened and we’re so worried,” her father, Yan Keying, wrote. “We’re very old and we don’t speak English. We can only appeal to the embassy to help us find out what happened.” 

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Another student has been ­reported missing for three days from Imperial College, another university in London, ­according to the college’s Chinese students’ association.

Rong Luqi was last seen on February 25 and left a message on a social media group telling friends to call the police because she had been kidnapped.