Boyfriend charged with murder in case of missing Halifax woman Reita Jordan

By Haley Ryan - Metro Halifax

Published on June 19, 2013

HALIFAX - The 50-year-old man charged with murdering his girlfriend in the case of a missing Halifax woman has been arraigned and remanded to the Central Nova Correctional Facility in Burnside until his next court appearance in July.

Paul Trevor Calnen of Hammonds Plains appeared briefly in Halifax provincial court Tuesday afternoon to face charges of second-degree murder and indignity to human remains related to Reita Jordan’s disappearance.

He is due back in court on July 22.

Calnen, who was dating Jordan, was arrested at 2:30 p.m. Monday on Brunswick Street in Halifax, said RCMP spokesman Cpl. Scott MacRae.

“There’s definitely a lot of questions that the public would still want answered, and it’s very much an active file,” MacRae said.

He said Calnen was arrested without incident by the major crimes unit, but could not say exactly what led police to the Brunswick Street residence.

“The investigation led to reasonable grounds to arrest him,” he said.

In late March, police received a report of a missing person’s case about the 34-year-old Jordan, who was last seen on March 19 by friends in Halifax. She hasn’t been seen or heard from since.

MacRae said police were concerned because Jordan hadn’t been active on any social media since she went missing.

In April, police announced that the Jordan case was being turned over to its major crime unit, while still being a missing persons file.

MacRae could not confirm the relationship between Jordan and Calnen, but said they were known to each other.

“The search for her remains has not stopped,” MacRae said.

He said investigators have been working closely with Jordan’s family since she went missing.

Calnen is also facing a charge of indignity to human remains, which is applied when someone neglects to properly bury a body or treats it indecently.

MacRae said he couldn’t speak to Calnen’s case specifically but a person is guilty of the charge if they do something which “discredits or interferes with the burying of a dead person.”

“It’s committed when basically you treat the body, buried or not, improperly or indecently,” MacRae said.

Chris Hansen, spokesperson for the public prosecution service, said over the past number of years she’s seen the charge handed down “just a handful of times” in high-profile cases.

“It’s not a frequent thing, but it happens,” Hansen said.