Investigators with the HRP/RCMP Integrated Major Crime Unit are continuing the investigation into the disappearance of a Halifax woman.
On February 17, 26-year-old Loretta Saunders was reported missing to police by her family. She was last seen in the Cowie Hill Road area in Halifax on the morning of February 13. On February 19, with the assistance of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) Essex County detachment, Loretta’s car was located in Harrow, Ontario, and 25-year-old Blake Leggette and 28-year-old Victoria Henneberry were arrested without incident. They appeared in court in Windsor, Ontario yesterday on outstanding warrants and to face charges of possession of stolen goods and fraud-related charges. They will return to court in Windsor tomorrow for a bail hearing.
Earlier today, investigators in Halifax obtained arrest warrants for both of the accused in relation to the stolen vehicle. Investigators will travel to Ontario in the coming days to return the accused to Nova Scotia to answer to these charges.
Yesterday, forensic investigators began to process Loretta’s Halifax residence in search of anything that may help with the investigation. They are continuing their examination today.
Investigators are asking anyone who may have seen Loretta or her car, a blue Toyota Celica, since February 13 to contact police. Loretta is described as an Inuk woman, 5’7”, 120 lbs. with light brown straight hair. Her vehicle bears Newfoundland and Labrador plate HCP 543 and has a loud muffler.
Anyone with information about this missing person case is asked to contact Halifax Regional Police at (902) 490-5020. Anonymous tips can be sent to Crime Stoppers by calling toll-free 1-800-222-TIPS (8477), submitting a secure web tip at www.crimestoppers.ns.ca or texting a tip - Tip 202 + your message to 274637.