09/02/2015 06:00 EDT | Updated 09/02/2016 01:12 EDT

Case of man charged in death of Halifax university student in court

HALIFAX — The case of a man charged in the death of a Halifax university student is due in court today.

William Michael Sandeson is scheduled to make an appearance to set a date for a preliminary inquiry.

The 22-year-old was charged with first-degree murder four days after Taylor Samson, a physics student at Dalhousie University, was reported missing last month.

Sandeson is a varsity track athlete who was about to start classes at Dalhousie University's medical school.

Investigators searched two properties in Truro, N.S., saying they discovered several items of interest but that Samson's remains have not been found.

A profile on Dalhousie University's website lists Sandeson's hometown as Truro.

The Canadian Press