The eldest brother of Loretta Saunders has arrived in Halifax to help search for his sister, and said he has been overwhelmed by the amount of support since Saunders went missing over a week ago.
Edmund Saunders arrived over the weekend from Newfoundland and Labrador, and thanked those who have donated to the fund set up to support the family.
Just over $12,500 had been raised for the Help Find Loretta Fund as of Sunday afternoon.
“I went all my life thinking people were generally uncaring, until now,” Saunders said in a press release. “I can’t express how much kindness people have shown.”
Saunders’ parents remain in Goose Bay, Labrador, but Edmund has joined his sister Delilah Terriak here in Halifax.
Terriak and a large network of supporters have put up posters around the city. More are planned for gas stations and tollbooths along the highways between Halifax and Ontario, said Cheryl Maloney, president of the Nova Scotia Native Women’s Association.
“We’re praying the public steps up,” she said last Friday.
Saunders, a 26-year-old Inuk woman from Labrador, is in the last year of her honours sociology degree at Saint Mary’s University, working on a thesis about missing and murdered Aboriginal women.
She was last seen on Feb. 13 leaving her Cowie Hill Road apartment. She was reported missing by her family four days later.
On Thursday, police in Harrow, Ont, arrested a man and woman who were allegedly discovered driving Saunders’ car and using her debit card.
Halifax police obtained warrants for Blake Legette, 25, and Victoria Henneberry, 28, who were reportedly renting an apartment from Saunders. Police say they expect to bring them back to Nova Scotia this week to face the stolen vehicle charges.
Terriak made a national plea to the public on Friday to help bring her sister home, and urged anyone who had seen Saunders or her Toyota Celica since Feb.13 to contact police.
“She’s the strongest person I know,” said Terriak, 21, at the Mi’kmaq Friendship Centre in Halifax. “She’s so strong … it’s keeping me going through this.”
Taxi driver questioned by police in Saunders’ disappearance
Halifax police have interviewed a taxi driver who was parked outside Loretta Saunders apartment the day she went missing, but aren’t saying if the driver provided helpful information.
On Saturday, police asked the public for help in identifying the driver of a taxi seen parked in the roundabout at 41 Cowie Hill Rd. about 2:30 p.m. on Feb.13.
By that evening, police had learned who the driver was and interviewed them, said Sgt. Nancy Rudback.
“He or she could have seen something so they were a possible witness,” Rudback said. – with files from Geordon Omand