Deputy Chief Chris McNeil, Halifax Regional Police
Thirty-six-year-old Steven Elliot Laffin faces a charge of second degree murder in the death of Nadine Taylor. Laffin, who is currently incarcerated on another matter, is scheduled to appear in Dartmouth Provincial Court tomorrow to answer to the charge.
Nadine Taylor was reported as a missing person on July 31st by her fiancé. The officers initially assigned to this file knew Nadine and very quickly recognized that her disappearance was out of character. They immediately were concerned that she had met with foul play, and investigated the file on that basis from the outset.
Laffin was identified as a suspect in this matter as a result of the charges he currently faces. His residence on Weyburn Road in Dartmouth also became a central focus of the investigation.
This was a complicated investigation in that Nadine’s body has yet to be located and we have reason to believe that we will not be able to locate her remains. If anyone has any information that may help police lead to the recovery of Nadine’s remains, we ask them to call police or do so anonymously through Crime Stoppers.
Supt. Darrell Beaton, Halifax District RCMP
We realize that while the charge may bring some closure to Nadine’s family, it is often hard to move forward without the recovery of their loved ones remains. We recognize that this will be a very difficult time for Nadine’s family and friends and our thoughts are with them.
An investigation of this magnitude requires a significant investment of both time and resources in order to reach a successful conclusion. Today’s charges represent the culmination of persistence, cooperation and determination by countless investigators of the HRP/RCMP Integrated Major Crime and Vice Units.
We want to thank the police officers and support staff. All have demonstrated selfless dedication, professionalism, and tenacity throughout the entire investigative process.
What cannot be lost in all of this is that a life was taken. We also know there are other families in our community who have also lost loved ones to murder. The members of the Integrated Major Crime Unit remain committed to doing their utmost to bring these matters to a successful conclusion.