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Missing Halifax woman's car found in Ontario

QMI Agency

Two people have been arrested after an Inuk woman who studies missing and murdered aboriginal women disappeared from her Halifax home under suspicious circumstances.

A 25-year-old-man and 28-year-old woman were arrested in Harrow, Ont., just outside of Windsor, driving a stolen car belonging to Loretta Saunders, 26, who has been missing since Valentine's Day.

Const. Pierre Bourdages said the two people arrested knew Saunders and were most recently living in Halifax. They face charges of possession of a stolen vehicle and outstanding warrants.

Police are now treating Saunders' disappearance as suspicious, and so is her family.

"She is a proud Inuk whose thesis topic is on missing and murdered aboriginal women in Canada, so she knows better than to just disappear like this," her sister, Delilah Terriak, said on Facebook.

Saunders was last seen Feb. 13 at her apartment in Halifax, Bourdages said. She had some online contact with friends and family on Feb. 14 but hasn't been in touch since.

Her brother, Edmund, told CTV she sent a text message to her boyfriend of 2 1/2 years that she'd been locked out of her online banking and didn't remember her mother's maiden name. "I really find that hard to believe."

Terriak is asking people to help find her sister using the hashtag #findloretta.

Saunders is five-foot-seven, with light brown hair. There are media reports she is three months pregnant, but QMI Agency has not confirmed this.

Her car is a blue 2000 Toyota Celica with Newfoundland and Labrador plates.

"I'm glad my sister has been the prime example of strength and endurance in my life or I wouldn't be able to do this," Terriak wrote.

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