26 Year Old, Pregnant, St. Mary’s University Canadian Student, Loretta Saunders Missing Since 2/13/14 Has Been Found Dead in New Brunswick (Update: Blake Leggette & Victoria Lea Henneberry Previously Arrested, Now Charged with First Degree Murder)
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26 year old Loretta Saunders, a Canadian student, studying at St.Mary’s University in Halifax has been missing since February 13, 2014. Saunders is a criminology major was writing her honors thesis on missing and murdered indigenous women when she vanished. Saunders, who was pregnant, went missing on Feb. 13 after she allegedly went to collect rent money from Leggette and Henneberry, who were subletting a Cowie Hill Road apartment from her. Saunders was last seen alive on Feb. 13 in Halifax; however , her car, a 2000 Toyota Celica, was recovered near Windsor, Ont. on Feb. 18 and Henneberry and Leggette were both charged with theft of a motor vehicle.
Loretta Saunders’ body was found Wednesday afternoon in New Brunswick, not long after police ruled the missing Saint Mary’s University student’s case a homicide.
Investigators from the RCMP in New Brunswick and Halifax police located the remains just west of Salisbury, in the median off Route 2 of the Trans-Canada Highway, Halifax police said in a news release issued just after 6 p.m.
Blake Leggette & Victoria Lea Henneberry, Twitter Photo
Halifax police laid first-degree murder charges Thursday against Loretta Saunders’ two roommates, saying the Saint Mary’s University student was killed at her apartment the day she went missing.
The pregnant Saunders, 26, died at the 41 Cowie Hill Rd. apartment Feb. 13, Supt. Jim Perrin of the Halifax Regional Police-RCMP integrated criminal investigation division said at a news conference.
Saunders had gone that day to collect rent money from Blake Leggette, 25, and Victoria Lea Henneberry, 28, whom Saunders’ boyfriend called subletters rather than roommates.
Charges of first-degree murder mean that police believe the crime was premeditated. Perrin said he does not foresee further charges at this point.
Henneberry and her boyfriend Leggette are due to face the charges in Halifax provincial court this morning, regional police said late Thursday afternoon.