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Accused assists

The search for Victoria Stafford’s body focused on a farmer’s field Thursday, where the woman charged with abducting the Grade 3 student and being an accessory to her murder was taken by police who had investigated the site only one day earlier.

Terri-Lynne McClintic was seen sitting slumped down in the back of an unmarked police vehicle, hands behind her back, as it left the area near Fergus.

“She’s doing everything she can to assist the police fully in their investigation and to try to help them find Tori and to bring her home,” said McClintic’s lawyer, Jeanine LeRoy.

McClintic had been scheduled to go out with police Thursday to aid in the search, said LeRoy, who added she did not have permission to address the allegations against her client.

Several officers at the scene spent some time examining an area under a large tree, a spot where police had been the day before with a K-9 unit in the search for the eight-year-old’s body. Only about a kilometre away from the farmer’s field, police sealed off a large garbage bin, calling it an item of interest.

The effort to bring Tori home safely turned into a grim recovery operation Wednesday after two people in her hometown of Woodstock were charged in her disappearance.

McClintic, 18, is charged with abduction, and being an accessory, and Michael Rafferty, 28, is charged with first-degree murder and abduction.

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