Date
20 January 2017
Hilary Bower (inset) taught at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University. He was not on leave from the university at the time of his disapperance, according to the Hong Kong police. Photos: HKEJ
Hilary Bower (inset) taught at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University. He was not on leave from the university at the time of his disapperance, according to the Hong Kong police. Photos: HKEJ

Missing British teacher was killed in Shenzhen, police say

A British teacher missing for three weeks was killed in Shenzhen, probably murdered, police say.

Hilary Bower, 60, was killed after he returned on March 22 to the southern Chinese city where he lived, the Hong Kong Economic Journal reports, citing the Hong Kong police.

Bower’s death was confirmed by police authorities in Shenzhen.

Shenzhen police said Bower, who taught in Hong Kong Polytechnic University, might have been murdered over “relationship issues”, according to the report.

A woman claiming to be Bower’s girlfriend reported him missing to the Hong Kong police on March 30.

She said he disappeared nine days earlier.

Bower traveled to Shenzhen via Lo Wu after work on March 22, Apple Daily reported, citing a friend of Bower’s.

Bower commuted every day between Hong Kong and Shenzhen where he lived with his girlfriend and six-year-old son, the newspaper said.

He had called his girlfriend at 9 p.m. that day.

Bower’s friends in Britain reported him missing to the local police who then contacted their Chinese counterparts through Interpol, the international police agency.

Hong Kong police said Bower had not asked for leave from the university before he disappeared.

An unnamed source quoted by Apple Daily said Bower had a “complicated love life”.

He recently sold a Shenzhen property for HK$9 million (US$1.16 million), the report said.

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