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January 27, 2023

A PwC Lawyer Who Recently Left the Firm Is Missing in China

Ugh. This doesn't sound good. An in-house lawyer for PwC has gone missing in China. Steve Leavenworth is American but has lived China for 17 years, according to the Telegraph. He recently left PwC after 15 years and was on a solo backpacking trip through Yunnan province when the bus he was believed to be on fell into a river on September 8th. He was one of 34 passengers on the bus when "a 100 metre long bridge was 'torn apart by a mudslide' sending a coach and a minibus crashing off the road."

A torrent of water then washed the bus around 300 metres downstream, according to China News Service. It added that four people were killed and 26 injured but made no mention of a foreign victim.
 
Charles Peace, a British friend who is based in Beijing, said Chinese rescue workers had found “no sign” of Mr Leavenworth “apart from his bag and wallet in the bus.” The number of a passport found on the bus matched Mr Leavenworth’s, he added.
 
“It’s pretty shocking and what we are finding difficult is that he has just disappeared. We just don’t know what has happened. It’s a mystery,” said Mr Peace, 37, from London.

Hoping for the best.

[Telegraph via @ProfGillis

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