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Murder charges laid in student's death

Halifax police have charged a man and woman with murder in the death of Loretta Saunders, a university student whose body was found Wednesday on the side of a highway in New Brunswick.

Twenty-eight-year-old Victoria Henneberry and 25-year-old Blake Leggette face charges of first-degree murder and are scheduled to appear in Halifax provincial court Friday.

Henneberry and Leggette were charged earlier with stealing Saunders's 2000 Toyota Celica, which was found Feb. 19 in Harrow, Ont., south of Windsor.

Saunders remains were found at about 4:30 p.m. Wednesday in the median off Route 2 of the Trans-Canada Highway west of Moncton, N.B.

The 26-year-old Saint Mary's University student was last seen on the morning of Feb. 13 in the Cowie Hill Road area of the city.

Members of Saunders's family travelled to Halifax to make public appeals for help in finding the young Inuit woman, who was originally from Labrador.

Delilah Terriak has said her sister was set to graduate from university in May and was doing her thesis on missing and murdered aboriginal women.

The Canadian Press

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