Three men charged with the second degree murder of another man who went missing in Cape Breton earlier this month have been remanded into custody until June 24.

On Thursday, Craig Landry, 40, was arrested and charged with the second-degree murder of Phillip Boudreau. Saturday, James Joseph Landry, 65, of Little Anse and Dwayne Matthew Samson, 43, of D'Escousse were also charged with second-degree murder.

Boudreau is presumed dead after his overturned boat was found June 1 floating in Petit-de-Grat harbour.

His body has not been recovered.

Police officers told CBC News last week that they believe Boudreau was involved in an altercation with men on a larger boat. A vessel called the Twin Maggies, which is owned by C and D Fisheries Ltd. of D'Escousse, was seized as part of the investigation.

Samson’s lawyer, Nash Brogan, said his client is a hard-working family man who is well liked in the community. Nash said he thinks that will work in his client’s favour when Samson returns to court in a few weeks for a bail hearing.

The Crown said it will be opposing bail for all three accused when they return to court June 24.

The accused are to have no contact with the victim’s families or the co-accused.

The three accused were originally scheduled to appear in court Monday morning but their appearance was delayed until Monday afternoon.