Halifax Regional Police are asking the Windsor court to remand 25-year-old Blake Leggette and 28-year-old Victoria Henneberry in custody for another 6 days. Halifax police have obtained an arrest warrant to return the pair to Nova Scotia.
Leggette and Henneberry were arrested in Harrow by Essex County OPP on Tuesday after they were discovered in possession of Loretta Saunders' Toyota Celica. Saunders, 26, was reported missing by her family on February 17. She was last seen February 13 in the Cowie Hill Road area in Halifax. She is a student at Saint Mary's University, studying law, and had recently completed writing a thesis about murdered and missing women.
It is reported that Leggette and Henneberry were subletting from Saunders, who needed the additional rent to pay for school. According to The National Post, Saunders was having difficulty collecting rent from the pair and asked them to leave.
Leggette and Henneberry appeared in a Windsor court on Wednesday. The charges include possession of stolen property. There is also a fraud charge in connection to the use of Saunders's bank card. Both Leggette and Henneberry have outstanding warrants for failing to show up for court appearances. Leggette is wanted in Calgary and Henneberry is wanted in Halifax.
The pair have a court date in Windsor on Friday for a bail hearing. At that time a judge will decide whether Leggette and Henneberry will remain in custody. If remanded, Halifax police will travel down to Windsor to take them in to custody and transfer them back to Nova Scotia.
Saunders, who is three months pregnant, is described as an Inuk woman, 5’7”, 120 lbs with light brown straight hair.
A crowd-sourcing site has been started to help fly in family members from Newfoundland and British Columbia to aid in her search. As of Thursday evening, more than $23,100 has been raised. The goal is $10,000. To donate go to gofundme.com. A Facebook page has also been set up.
The Halifax police and RCMP major crime units are investigating, and are calling Saunders’ disappearance suspicious.
Anyone with information can call police at 902-490-5020. You can also call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477) or submit a top at www.crimestoppers.ns.ca.