UPDATED: Concern growing for missing 26-year-old Halifax woman

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Friends and family of a Loretta Saunders are growing more concerned as the Halifax woman hasn’t been seen for nearly a week.

Saunders, 26, was reported missing Feb. 17 after she was last seen Feb.13 leaving her apartment in Cowie Hill. She was in contact with friends through online messaging the next day, but there has been nothing since then.

Delilah Terriak, Saunders’ sister, started the Facebook group Help Bring Loretta Saunders home and planned to fly back to Halifax from British Columbia on Wednesday.

“My heart is breaking more and more as time passes and my sister is the one who encourages and inspires me to persevere,” Terriak wrote in a Facebook post.

“Help bring my best friend and sister home.”

Terriak’s friend Bridget Broussard, who she works with in British Columbia, said Terriak hadn’t been concerned about Saunders for the first few days, but is now “really worried

“It’s really, really unlike her at all and she tells Delilah everything,” said Broussard.

Halifax Regional Police spokesman Const. Pierre Bourdage said Saunders’ family from Newfoundland and Labrador reported her missing.

“There’s no indication she went back there, although it’s possible,” said Bourdages. “It’s very unusual from her to not be in contact with anyone.”

Saunders, a Saint Mary’s University student, is described as five-foot-seven, 120 pounds with light brown straight hair. She is believed to be driving a blue 2000 Toyota Celica with the Newfoundland and Labrador license plate of HCP 543, and a loud aftermarket muffler.

Anyone with information on her whereabouts is asked to contact Halifax police at 490-5016. – with files from Deserie Murphy.

 

 

Earlier story:

 

The Halifax Regional Police /RCMP Integrated Vice Unit is seeking the public’s help in locating a missing Halifax woman. 

Twenty-six-year-old Loretta Saunders was reported missing to police Feb. 17. She was last seen in Halifax on the evening of Feb. 13 and was in contact with friends online the next afternoon.

Saunders has not been in contact with friends and family since, which is out of character for her.

Saunders is described as a Caucasian ,five-foot-seven-inch, 120 pound woman, with light brown, straight hair. She is believed to be driving a blue 2000 Toyota Celica bearing Newfoundland licence plate HCP 543. The car has a loud muffler and a spoiler at the back. Saunders is originally from Newfoundland.

Police say there is no information to suggest that Saunders has met with foul play; however, police are concerned for her well-being. Officers request that Saunders, or anyone with information on her whereabouts, calls police at 490-5016

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  • Kate
    February 19, 2014 - 20:31

    I'm 95% sure I saw this car on the highway between Hampton and Saint John on Monday morning around 9-9:30. I noticed it was a blue celica and also noticed nfld plates. It passed us on highway. That's all I noticed. It stood out only because I liked the car and the plate wasn't nb plates but nfld plates. At first I wasn't sure when it was but I narrowed it down because I wasn't driving on Friday or Tuesday so it had to have been Monday

    • Pam Reardon
      February 21, 2014 - 09:24

      Please, "Kate", do not hesitate. Call the investigators of this woman's disappearance RIGHT NOW and tell them what you saw and know. It may be vital for them to know from you and any others close by on the road you mention, to have more leads on finding this woman. Halifax Regional Police in Halifax can be reached at 1-(902) 490-5016 and if you don't have a Talk service on your phone, phone them collect and ask to be put through to the investigators on this matter. A comment on this page is only the start. Others in your area may have seen something, too. Get going. Thanks.

    • Alyssa
      February 22, 2014 - 02:06

      Please call the police, they need to know everything, we need to make sure that this girl and her baby gets home safe.