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Police search Nova Scotia property in Dalhousie University homicide case

LOWER TRURO, N.S. — Police are searching a property about an hour outside Halifax in an investigation that has led to a varsity athlete and prospective medical student at Dalhousie University being charged with first-degree murder in the death of a physics student.

Halifax Regional Police say the search in Lower Truro is connected to the homicide of 22-year-old Taylor Samson, whose remains have not been found.

William Michael Sandeson was charged with first-degree murder on Thursday, four days after Samson was reported missing.

Sandeson, a 22-year-old middle-distance track athlete who studied kinesiology, was remanded into custody after a court appearance last week.

Samson, who was from Amherst, N.S., had lived in the Sigma Chi fraternity house and was last seen at 10:30 p.m. on Aug. 15.

In the days after Samson disappeared, friends and family put up posters around the neighbourhood in Halifax's south end and on Facebook seeking information.

Police arrested Sandeson on Aug. 18.

Dalhousie University has confirmed that Samson was studying physics and that Sandeson was about to start his first year at medical school.

The Canadian Press

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