HALIFAX - The sister of a missing university student in Halifax made a public appeal today for help as she described Loretta Saunders as the strongest woman she knows.
Delilah Terriak says Saunders's strength is keeping her going as she explained in a statement that her family from Labrador needs financial support to come to Halifax to join the search for her sister.
Saunders's car was found earlier this week near Windsor, Ont., and Halifax police have arrest warrants for two people as they investigate the disappearance of the 26-year-old woman, a St. Mary's University student who was last seen Feb. 13.
Ontario Provincial Police say they have arrested 25-year-old Blake Leggette and 28-year-old Victoria Henneberry on charges of possession of stolen goods and fraud.
Halifax police say they have obtained arrest warrants for the pair in relation to a stolen vehicle.
Terriak says her sister, who is Inuk, is set to graduate from university in May and is doing her thesis on missing and murdered aboriginal women.
"My family is having a difficult time processing what's going on and having a hard time finding answers," she said in the statement released at a news conference in Halifax.
Fundraising has begun to bring Saunders's five brothers and parents to Halifax to join the search for her.
"We need to be together when we find out what's going on, when we hear some good news," said Terriak.
She said Saunders is loving and kind-hearted.
"She's the strongest woman I know," she added. "That's what's keeping me going and strong. Knowing that she's so tough, her ability to persevere is unmatched. She is an incredible woman."
Const. Pierre Bourdages of Halifax police has said Leggette and Henneberry know Saunders, but he declined to provide further details on the nature of their relationship.
Police have said they don't know exactly how the car ended up in Ontario, but they are asking anyone who may have seen Saunders or her car, a Toyota Celica with a Newfoundland and Labrador licence plate of HCP 543, to come forward.
Police say Saunders is five-foot-seven and about 120 pounds with light brown straight hair.