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Missing Halifax woman's disappearance now murder investigation 0

By Nicole Riva, QMI Agency

Loretta Saunders, 26, was last seen outside her Halifax apartment building on Feb. 13. Her car was found in Harrow, Ont., near Windsor, and two people were arrested. (Handout photo/QMI Agency)

Loretta Saunders, 26, was last seen outside her Halifax apartment building on Feb. 13. Her car was found in Harrow, Ont., near Windsor, and two people were arrested. (Handout photo/QMI Agency)

The body of a missing Halifax woman has been found on a highway median in New Brunswick.

Police located Loretta Saunders's body around 4:30 p.m. AT west of Salisbury, N.B., off of Route 2 of the Trans-Canada Highway.

Halifax police and New Brunswick RCMP closed one lane of the highway to retrieve the body.

Earlier Wednesday, police announced Saunders's disappearance was a murder investigation.

"Investigators have identified suspects in this homicide and they are not looking for anyone else," Const. Pierre Bourdages said.

He also said "charges are anticipated against suspects" and would be laid as soon as possible.

"There's been tremendous support by family and friends here ... and we're trying to locate the body of Ms. Saunders so the family can bring her home," Bourdages said before the body was found.

Saunders, 26, went missing Feb. 13 from Halifax and her car was found Feb. 18 in Harrow, Ont., near Windsor, Ont.

Two people were arrested when Saunders' car was found.

Blake Leggette, 25, and Victoria Henneberry, 28, are in custody in Halifax and accused of theft of a motor vehicle, police said.

They had been facing fraud charges in Ontario for allegedly using Saunders' debit card, but those charges were dropped.

Saunders was reportedly pregnant and working on a thesis about missing and murdered aboriginal women.

Saunders' sister, Delilah Terriak, seemed to foreshadow Wednesday's announcement with a post on her Facebook page on Tuesday.

"You all need to turn your heads from these screens and tell your family and friends how much they mean to you because you never know what could happen to those who you figure will always be there," Terriak wrote.

 

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