Disappearance of woman suspicious after car found in Ontario, Halifax police say

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Loretta Saunders of this province is a student at St. Mary’s University

Halifax police are now treating the disappearance of a 26-year-old woman as suspicious after her car was found in Ontario.

Loretta Saunders, 26, in an undated police handout photo.

Loretta Saunders was reported missing by her family on Monday after she was last seen in the Cowie Hill Road area of Halifax last Thursday.

Investigators say her car was discovered Tuesday night in Harrow, Ont., south of Windsor.

A 25-year-old man and 28-year-old woman were arrested by the Ontario Provincial Police on charges of possession of a stolen vehicle and for outstanding warrants.

Halifax police Const. Pierre Bourdages says the man and woman know Saunders, but he declined to provide further details on the nature of their relationship.

Bourdages says police are treating the Saunders case as suspicious because she is normally in touch with her family in Newfoundland and Labrador.

“She was known to be in contact with family and friends several times a day,” he said Wednesday.

“Given the fact her vehicle was located with two other people in Ontario, that makes the circumstances very suspicious.”

Police say they don’t know exactly how the car ended up in the province, 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.

Saunders, a student at Saint Mary’s University, is an Inuk woman, 5-7 and about 120 pounds with light brown straight hair.

Organizations: Ontario Provincial Police

Geographic location: Ontario, Halifax, Newfoundland and Labrador Cowie Hill Road Harrow Saint Mary

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