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Witness saw Travis Vader in SUV similar to missing McCann’s vehicle

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WATCH ABOVE: During week five of Travis Vader's first-degree murder trial court heard testimony from a man who said he did drugs with Vader and saw him with a critical piece of evidence. Kendra Slugoski reports – Apr 4, 2016

EDMONTON – A witness in a murder trial has testified that he saw Travis Vader driving an SUV similar to one belonging to two missing Alberta seniors.

In court Monday, Myles Ingersoll said he stopped to visit a friend in Peers, a small community west of Edmonton, in early July 2010.

He says Vader — a fellow meth user — was there too and talked about having “heat” on him.

Ingersoll said Vader drove off in a green SUV like the one he later saw in a newspaper story about a missing couple.

READ MORE: Travis Vader trial starts 2 hours late; accused apologizes for vehicle problems 

Ingersoll testified he was a “seasoned” drug user and used meth with Vader numerous times.

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Vader’s lawyer questioned Ingersoll about his memory from excessive drug use.

“Are you stoned this morning sir?”

“No I’m not,” said Ingersoll, who told the court he last did drugs two weeks ago.

Lyle and Marie McCann were last seen driving their motorhome and pulling behind it their SUV as they set out on a camping trip on July 3 of that year.

The vehicles were found but not their bodies.

Vader has pleaded not guilty to first-degree murder.

READ MORE: Travis Vader’s lawyer hints at alternative suspect for murders of Lyle and Marie McCann 

During Monday’s court proceedings, Vader’s lawyer Brian Beresh played a phone call Ingersoll made to a friend. That call was taped after Ingersoll met with RCMP for an interview. Ingersoll wasn’t aware his conversation was being monitored by RCMP.

During the call, Ingersoll told his friend he didn’t remember if the vehicle Vader was driving was a similar colour to the McCanns.

Ingersoll testified he lied to his friend because he didn’t want to be involved with the missing persons case.

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“I didn’t want to have no ties with it.”

Beresh suggested Ingersoll saw a different vehicle that day and showed him a picture of a small truck.

Ingersoll insisted he has never seen that truck before.

Vader’s lawyer suggested Ingersoll was trying to protect his friend and get Vader into trouble.

He suggested that friend wanted to cash in on the McCann reward for information.

Ingersoll fired back, saying: “Everybody’s got a different level of intelligence.” Looking at Beresh he said: “Yours is probably higher than mine. The judge’s is probably higher than yours.”

With files from The Canadian Press

LEFT: Travis Vader walks out of the Edmonton Remand Centre in Decemeber 2014. 
RIGHT:  Lyle and Marie McCann are shown in an undated handout photo.
LEFT: Travis Vader walks out of the Edmonton Remand Centre in Decemeber 2014. RIGHT: Lyle and Marie McCann are shown in an undated handout photo. Global News
RCMP seized a Boxer beer can from the middle console of the SUV and took it to the Edson forensics lab to test it for prints.
RCMP seized a Boxer beer can from the middle console of the SUV and took it to the Edson forensics lab to test it for prints. Crown evidence photo
Travis Vader's lawyer, Brian Beresh, pointed to similarities between the McCann case and the crimes of Terry McColman, who died in 2011.
Travis Vader's lawyer, Brian Beresh, pointed to similarities between the McCann case and the crimes of Terry McColman, who died in 2011. Credit: Findagrave.ca
Andrea Saddleback-Sexsmith, Travis Vader's ex-girlfriend, told court saw Vader on July 4, 2010, the day after Lyle and Marie McCann disappeared.
Andrea Saddleback-Sexsmith, Travis Vader's ex-girlfriend, told court saw Vader on July 4, 2010, the day after Lyle and Marie McCann disappeared. Credit, Andrea Saddleback-Sexsmith's Facebook Page
Photos submitted during Travis Vader's murder trial. March 22, 2016.
Photos submitted during Travis Vader's murder trial. March 22, 2016. Court photo evidence
Photos submitted during Travis Vader's murder trial. March 22, 2016.
Photos submitted during Travis Vader's murder trial. March 22, 2016. Court photo evidence
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Photos submitted during Travis Vader's murder trial. March 22, 2016.
Photos submitted during Travis Vader's murder trial. March 22, 2016. Court photo evidence
A photo of a stolen truck is submitted in the Travis Vader murder trial. March 22, 2016.
A photo of a stolen truck is submitted in the Travis Vader murder trial. March 22, 2016. Court photo evidence
A photo of a stolen truck is submitted in the Travis Vader murder trial. March 22, 2016.
A photo of a stolen truck is submitted in the Travis Vader murder trial. March 22, 2016. Court photo evidence
A photo of a stolen truck is submitted in the Travis Vader murder trial. March 22, 2016.
A photo of a stolen truck is submitted in the Travis Vader murder trial. March 22, 2016. Court photo evidence
A photo of SUV keys found in a truck located at a salvage yard is submitted as evidence in Travis Vader's murder trial.
A photo of SUV keys found in a truck located at a salvage yard is submitted as evidence in Travis Vader's murder trial. Courtesy, Crown photo evidence
A photo of a pickup truck found at a salvage yard is submitted as evidence in Travis Vader's murder trial.
A photo of a pickup truck found at a salvage yard is submitted as evidence in Travis Vader's murder trial. COURTESY: Crown photo evidence
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A photo of a burned out pickup truck is submitted as evidence in Travis Vader's murder trial.
A photo of a burned out pickup truck is submitted as evidence in Travis Vader's murder trial. SOURCE: Crown photo evidence
William Nikolyuk, a friend of Travis Vader, took the stand Friday at his trial.
William Nikolyuk, a friend of Travis Vader, took the stand Friday at his trial. Kendra Slugoski, Global News
A beer can found near the burned out SUV.
A beer can found near the burned out SUV. Courtesy: Photo Evidence
A photo of Lyle McCann.
A photo of Lyle McCann. Courtesy: Photo Evidence
A photo of Marie McCann.
A photo of Marie McCann. Courtesy: Photo Evidence
The burned out motorhome belonging to Lyle and Marie McCann.
The burned out motorhome belonging to Lyle and Marie McCann. Courtesy: Photo Evidence
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The burned out motorhome belonging to Lyle and Marie McCann.
The burned out motorhome belonging to Lyle and Marie McCann. Courtesy: Photo Evidence
The McCanns' SUV.
The McCanns' SUV. Courtesy: Photo Evidence
The inside of the McCanns' SUV.
The inside of the McCanns' SUV. Courtesy: Photo Evidence
Cans of food found in the SUV with blood on it. Photo evidence submitted in the Travis Vader murder trial, March 8, 2016.
Cans of food found in the SUV with blood on it. Photo evidence submitted in the Travis Vader murder trial, March 8, 2016. Courtesy: Photo Evidence
Lyle McCann's hat found in the SUV. Photo evidence submitted in the Travis Vader murder trial, March 8, 2016.
Lyle McCann's hat found in the SUV. Photo evidence submitted in the Travis Vader murder trial, March 8, 2016. Courtesy: Photo Evidence
Lyle McCann's hat found in the SUV. Photo evidence submitted in the Travis Vader murder trial, March 8, 2016.
Lyle McCann's hat found in the SUV. Photo evidence submitted in the Travis Vader murder trial, March 8, 2016. Courtesy: Photo Evidence
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A cell phone in Crown evidence. Photo evidence submitted in the Travis Vader murder trial, March 8, 2016.
A cell phone in Crown evidence. Photo evidence submitted in the Travis Vader murder trial, March 8, 2016. Courtesy: Photo Evidence
Travis Vader first-degree murder trial day one
Travis Vader (centre) heads into court in Edmonton for day one of his first-degree murder trial Tuesday, March 8, 2016. Global News