The Straits Times
Published on Oct 18, 2012

NUS student missing in France 'found dead'


The National University of Singapore (NUS) PhD student from China who went missing in France in July is believed to have been found dead.

French paper L'Independant reported on Tuesday that the body of Mr Cui Luchao, 27, who disappeared in Toulouse, eastern France, was found by police last Friday in the woods at a town called La Bastide-Puylaurent, about 300km away.

The report added that a note was found on the body suggesting that he wanted to retrace the route taken by Scottish writer Robert Louis Stevenson, who travelled across the Cevennes mountain range in 1878, including from La Bastide-Puylaurent to the Le Bleymard commune. French police are appealing for witnesses.

Mr Cui was in his final year of chemical and pharmaceutical engineering studies in NUS' Singapore-MIT Alliance programme.