Accused killer makes first court appearance

A Fort St. John man accused of murder has been given two weeks to find a lawyer.

John Wendell Keyler, 35, made a brief first court appearance by video Tuesday for the second-degree murder of Sarah Foord.

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Foord had been missing for two weeks before her remains were found July 24 in a remote location 75 kilometres north of the city.

Keyler is also charged with indignity to human remains. He remains in custody, and the court has imposed a publication ban on a pending bail hearing.

Sarah Foord was last in contact with her family on Monday, July 6. RCMP Handout

Foord, 38, was last in contact with her family on July 6, and missed a court date July 7 and work July 8 before being reported missing July 10.

RCMP alerted the public to her disappearance July 11, and initially believed she was travelling with Keyler, who was found days later in Surrey.

The Major Crimes Unit was tasked to lead the investigation on July 13, and soon after arrived in Fort St. John to begin their search at Foord's home in Taylor. 

Investigators were assisted by Surrey RCMP, Forensic Identification/Forensic Search Units, Police Dog Section, as well as other units from across B.C. and Alberta.

Keyler has a long list of convictions in Fort St. John for robbery, theft, fraud, break and enter, possessing stolen property, assault, and mischief.

He has two outstanding charges for illegal firearms possession in September 2019, and is scheduled to appear on those charges July 31.

He has not been found guilty of his latest charges before the court.

— with files from Tom Summer, Matt Preprost

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