Halifax police say case of missing university student now a homicide

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HALIFAX - Halifax police say they are now treating the disappearance of university student Loretta Saunders as a homicide.

Police say the woman's body has not been located but investigators are making efforts to find it so it can be returned to her family.

Officers say they have identified suspects in the homicide and are not looking for any others.

They say charges are anticipated in the case.

Saunders, 26, a student at Saint Mary's University, was last seen on the morning of Feb. 13 in the Cowie Hill Road area of the city.

Her 2000 Toyota Celica was found last week near Windsor, Ont.

Ontario Provincial Police arrested Blake Leggette, 25, and Victoria Henneberry, 28, who were returned to Halifax to face auto theft charges.

Leggette is scheduled to appear in court for a bail hearing on Friday, while Henneberry is scheduled to make an appearance in Halifax provincial court on Thursday.

Members of Saunders's family have travelled to Halifax to make public appeals for help in finding the young Inuit woman, who was originally from Labrador.

Delilah Terriak has said her sister was set to graduate from university in May and was doing her thesis on missing and murdered aboriginal women.

Annie Clair, 43, told a news conference last week that she met Saunders just before she disappeared and was due to be interviewed by her as part of her thesis. She said Saunders wanted to talk to her about native traditions, the language and aboriginal women.

"She wanted to learn because she didn't have that part of her growing up," she said.

Organizations: Saint Mary's University, Ontario Provincial Police

Geographic location: Halifax, Cowie Hill Road, Windsor Labrador

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