Sister of missing Halifax woman pleads for help, information

Loretta Saunders. (Halifax Regional Police/HO)

Loretta Saunders. (Halifax Regional Police/HO)

Nicole Riva, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 1:21 PM ET

The sister of a missing Halifax student pleaded for help during a press conference Friday morning.

Delilah Terriak, whose sister Loretta Saunders, 26, has been missing since Feb. 13, told reporters she's able to keep going because she knows Saunders is strong.

"Knowing that she's so tough, her ability to persevere is unmatched," Terriak said.

Saunders, who is reportedly three months pregnant, is normally in daily contact with her family, but has been out of touch since Feb. 14.

Her car was found near Windsor, Ont., and two people were arrested.

Police have said the two people charged, Blake Leggette, 25, and Victoria Henneberry, 28, know Saunders, but Terriak said she doesn't know the duo.

Leggette and Henneberry are accused of fraud-related charges, possession of stolen property and failure to appear in court.

Terriak pleaded for anyone who may have seen Saunders' blue Toyota Celica to come forward and also asked for assistance in the search. The family has been crowdfunding donations to assist with search costs and to bring family from Newfoundland and Labrador to Halifax.

"My family is having a difficult time processing what's going on and having a hard time finding answers," Terriak said in a statement. "We need to be together when we find out what's going on, when we hear some good news."

Saunders is supposed to graduate from St. Mary's University in May, Terriak said. Her thesis is about missing and murdered aboriginal women.


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