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Halifax police questioning man charged with stealing Loretta Saunders car, to appear in court Tuesday

A man charged with stealing Loretta Saunders’ car is set to appear in Halifax court Tuesday and has been questioned about her disappearance, say police.

Blake Leggette, 25, was brought to Halifax on Sunday night by investigators and held in custody on Monday.

Halifax Regional Police spokesman, Const. Pierre Bourdages, said Leggette was questioned about the stolen car as well as Saunders’ disappearance.

Victoria Henneberry, 28, was arrested and charged with possession of a stolen vehicle alongside Leggette but remains in Windsor, Ont. where they were arrested.

Both people have also been charged with fraud related to using Saunders’ debit card, which will be handled by the Ontario police.

They were also reportedly renting an apartment on Cowie Hill Road from Saunders.

Bourdages said Henneberry will be brought to Halifax before Thursday, and the investigators could not bring both back at the same time due to "logistics."

“It was not possible," he said.

Saunders, a 26-year-old Saint Mary’s University student, hasn’t been seen since she left her Cowie Hill Road apartment on Feb.13, and was officially reported missing by her family a few days later.

She is an Inuk woman from Labrador, and in the last year of her honour’s sociology degree. Saunders was working on a thesis about missing and murdered Aboriginal women.

Her sister Delilah Terriak, and brother Edmun Saunders, are now in Halifax and putting up missing person posters around the city. Both urge anyone who has seen Saunders to contact police.

The family of Saunders has invited the public to attend a candlelight vigil at Grand Parade in Halifax Tuesday night at 7 p.m. to show support for her safe return.

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