Halifax police have spoken with a taxi driver who was parked outside the apartment building where a missing university student was last seen more than a week ago.
Police identified, located and questioned the driver on Saturday in hopes he might have clues into the disappearance of Loretta Saunders, Sergeant Nancy Rudbach of Halifax police said on Sunday. However, she could not comment on what came out of that interview.
Ms. Saunders, 26, was last seen at that apartment, at 41 Cowie Hill Rd., on the morning of Feb. 13. On Feb. 18, her car was found in Harrow, Ont., near Windsor. Blake Leggette, 25, and Victoria Henneberry, 28, were arrested and charged with possession of a stolen vehicle and fraud. The latter charge relates to use of a bank card owned by the missing woman.
The Saint Mary’s University sociology student was reportedly subletting her apartment to the accused and had been seeking to collect overdue rent money from them when she vanished. She was reported missing by her family on Feb. 17.
Meanwhile, dozens of volunteers have put up nearly 3,000 posters in the Halifax area, said Cheryl Maloney, president of the Nova Scotia Native Women’s Association. Several members of Ms. Saunders’s family also travelled to Halifax to help.
Anyone who believes they may have seen Ms. Saunders, or her vehicle, is asked to call Halifax Regional Police at 902-490-5020.
She was last seen wearing blue jeans, a black Columbia jacket and tan boots. She is 5-foot-7, with light brown hair and weighs about 120 pounds.
Her vehicle is a dark blue 2002 Toyota Celica, with a Newfoundland and Labrador licence plate, HCP 543.
“We know for sure the car travelled from [Halifax] to Ontario, so it had to have been seen at gas stations, toll booths, surveillance cameras,” Ms. Maloney said. “We can poster in Nova Scotia, but it’s impossible for us as a group to poster along the Trans-Canada Highway to Ontario.”
On Friday, Ms. Saunders’s sister, Delilah Terriak, made an emotional appeal for help.
“She is so strong and that’s what’s keeping me going through this – knowing she wouldn’t want us wasting time crying,” she said at a native friendship centre in Halifax.
“If I were missing, she would be doing the exact same thing, probably even more. … She is my world, she’s my everything.”
An online fundraising campaign, called the Help Find Loretta Fund, had raised nearly $13,000 by Sunday afternoon.