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Man, woman charged with first-degree murder of Ontario school teacher

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QMI AGENCY

SARNIA, ON - Police have charged a man and a woman with first-degree murder in the death of Sarnia, ON, kindergarten teacher Noelle Paquette.

Paquette's mysterious disappearance after a New Year's Eve party in the southwestern city sparked a massive manhunt. A body was found in a wooded area just outside town on Wednesday morning. Police identified the body as Paquette on Thursday.

Michael MacGregor, 19, and Tanya Bogdanovich, 31, both of Sarnia, made a brief appearance in court Friday morning. Both of MacGregor's hands were wrapped in splints and taped.

A lawyer speaking on his behalf asked the court to ensure a detention facility was made aware of MacGregor's "severe injuries."

Both are expected to appear back in court on Jan. 10.

They were arrested in London, Ont., late Thursday afternoon, provincial police told QMI Agency.

Bogdanovich's Sarnia home was cordoned off Thursday night by police as a crime scene.

"It's a nice, quiet neighbourhood," neighbour James Columbus said.

The 27-year-old school teacher went missing after she left a New Year's Eve party after 2 a.m.
Police are awaiting autopsy results.

Counsellors are being made available at Paquette's school for staff and students when classes resume next week, said Carol Bryden, board of trustees chairperson with the St. Clair Catholic District School Board.

Anyone with information about Paquette's disappearance and death are asked to contact a dedicated tip line at 855-835-5677.

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