Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Police Search for Dalhousie Student's Body as Track Athlete Faces Murder Charge

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Police Search for Dalhousie Student's Body as Track Athlete Faces Murder Charge

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Police seek clues in university murder case

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HALIFAX - Police made fresh appeals for information Friday after charging a varsity athlete and prospective medical student at Dalhousie University with first-degree murder in the death of a physics student.

Halifax police spokeswoman Theresa Rath said police were going door-to-door Friday seeking information from possible witnesses in an area just a few blocks north of the campus.

William Michael Sandeson, 22, a middle-distance track athlete who studied kinesiology, remained in custody after he was charged Thursday in the death of Taylor Samson, who was reported missing on Sunday.

Samson, a six foot, five inch former resident of Amherst, N.S., had lived in the Sigma Chi fraternity house, according to information released on social media when he first went missing at 10:30 p.m. on Saturday.

In the days after Samson disappeared, friends and family put up posters around the neighbourhood in Halifax's south end and on Facebook seeking information.

On Tuesday, the nature of the case shifted when police arrested Sandeson.

Samson's remains have not been found and Rath said police are placing "a particular emphasis" in finding them.

Investigators are eager to hear if any witnesses saw either of the two men in the areas of Henry and South streets, a city block where many students live in apartments and fraternity houses.

A court document the police used to obtain a search warrant in the case had been sealed Friday morning when it was requested by The Canadian Press.

The Crown also obtained a temporary publication ban in provincial court on Friday preventing the reporting of the identities of certain people named in the now-sealed document to protect the ongoing police investigation and "the interests of innocent third parties."

The ban says the Crown also plans to make an application for a further publication ban in the Supreme Court of Nova Scotia. …

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