Missing Canadian university student found dead

Feb. 27, 2014 at 1:16 AM
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HALIFAX, Nova Scotia, Feb. 27 (UPI) -- A missing female Canadian college student studying the issue of missing and slain indigenous women was found killed Wednesday along a highway, police said.

Police in Halifax, Nova Scotia, said the death of Loretta Saunders, 26, was being treated as a homicide, the (Halifax) Chronicle-Herald reported. Saunders, an Inuit woman from Labrador, was a student at St. Mary's University in Halifax, where she was writing a thesis on missing and slain indigenous women.

Her body was found along the Trans-Canada Highway in New Brunswick.

Two people who were subletting an apartment from Saunders, Blake Leggette, 25, and Victoria Henneberry, 28, were arrested last week in Harrow, Ontario. Police said they were driving Saunders' Toyota Celica and were charged with car theft.

Saunders, who was pregnant, was reported missing after she failed to return from a visit to collect rent from Leggette and Henneberry, the Chronicle-Herald said. Police had not said if they would face murder charges.

"We believe we know who the individuals responsible for the murder of Ms. Saunders are and we're not looking for anyone else," Constable Pierre Bourdages, a spokesman for the Halifax Regional Police, said Wednesday afternoon.

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