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Loretta Saunders Case: Victoria Henneberry Appears In Court

02/27/2014 08:10 EST | Updated 04/29/2014 05:59 EDT
Halifax Regional Police
A woman accused of stealing Loretta Saunders's car is scheduled to appear in a Nova Scotia provincial court this morning to face charges.

Victoria Henneberry, 28, and her co-accused Blake Leggette, 25, are both facing charges relating to the theft of Saunders's car. They were the Saint Mary's University student's roommates.

Henneberry was brought from the Central Nova Scotia Correctional Facility to the courthouse flanked by sheriffs on Thursday morning.

Police found Saunders's body on the edge of a highway west of Salisbury, N.B. on Wednesday afternoon. Police are treating the 26-year-old woman's death as a homicide.

No one has been charged yet, but Halifax Const. Pierre Bourdages said they've identified suspects and charges are coming.

Saunders, 26, had been reported missing by her family. She was last seen in the Cowie Hill Road area in Halifax on the morning of Feb. 13.

Five days later, her car was located in Harrow, Ont.

Police brought Saunders's remains to the medical examiner's office in Saint John. Halifax police said they'll be there until the autopsy is completed. 

Native group calls for public inquiry

Cheryl Maloney, the president of the Nova Scotia Native Women’s Association, says Saunders's slaying should trigger a national inquiry into the hundreds of murdered and missing aboriginal women in Canada.

Saunders, an Inuk woman from Newfoundland and Labrador, was doing her thesis at Halifax's Saint Mary’s University on missing and murdered aboriginal women. 

"We shouldn't be growing up in a country where we are at risk to be missing and murdered more than anyone else," said Maloney.

She said aboriginal Canadian women are five times more likely to be violently attacked than non-aboriginal women.

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