Fiancé charged with murder appears in Huron County court

The fiancé of a woman whose body was discovered by the side of the road on Thursday has been charged with second-degree murder.

The mom was last seen walking Wednesday night in Vanastra before her body was found

Engagement photos posted to Facebook show Laura Wigelsworth and her fiance Corey Volland. He is charged with second degree murder. (Supplied)

The Huron County man charged with killing his fiancé appeared in a Goderich court Monday morning.

Corey Volland is charged with second-degree murder in the death of his partner Laura Wigelsworth. 

Volland's lawyer said his client was mourning the loss of his partner and missing the three children the couple was raising together. 

"This community is grieving and the community is also at the same time rallying around this young man," said lawyer Scott Cowan. 

"This young man I represent has confidence in the court system. He's worried for his children and Laura's children who they parented together." 

Cowan made the remarks after Volland's brief court appearance, surrounded by more than a dozen people who say they believe Volland is innocent. 

Dozens of people stand with defence lawyer (centre) Scott Cowan to show support for the accused. (Kate Dubinski/ CBC London)

Cowan said he intends to seek bail for Volland. 

Friends outside the courthouse said Volland and Wigelsworth went to high school together but didn't begin a relationship until after graduation. 

Wigelsworth's body was discovered on the side of a road by a passerby May 10, just north of the southwestern Ontario community Vanastra.

Wigelsworth, 27, was last seen on an evening walk the day before. She was engaged to be married to Volland in August with invitations already sent. 
Laura Wigelsworth, 27, was found dead in Huron County Thursday morning. (Supplied)

'More questions than answers'

In court, Volland said nothing as several friends looked on from the courtroom gallery. 

"The community is rallying behind this young man and telling me about his reputation as a person of good character and his love of Laura," Cowan said following the proceedings.

A funeral is planned Tuesday in Clinton for the mother of two with more than $16,000 raised on social media to cover costs and to put toward her children's future. 
Flowers were placed by the side of the road outside of Vanastra where Laura Wigelsworth's body was found Thursday. (Kate Dubinski/CBC News)

Wigelsworth is described as a caring mother who also spent time caring for her own father who was diagnosed with ALS. 

"A beautiful young loving mother was taken from us, and left behind are children with even more questions as we pick up the pieces from this tragic event," Wigelsworth's sister wrote online. 

Wigelsworth's children are 10 and eight years old. She also helped care for Volland's three-year-old daughter. 

Volland was ordered to remain in custody until his next court appearance June 11.