First degree murder charge laid in 2010 for the dismemberment of a Bolton man

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The Ontario Provincial Police have charged a person with first degree murder in a 12-year investigation into the gruesome death of an Ontarian.

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This is the second arrest – and the first since 2011 – linked to the murder of Morris Conte, 45, of Bolton.

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Conte was last heard from in the town of Caledon on May 21, 2010. The following morning, part of his body was found in Oro-Medonte Township. A few hours later, another part was found more than 150 km away in Lac des Baies.

In both cases, the remains were found by passers-by.

Seven days later, more remains were found by an employee of a paving company on the side of a rural road between Bracebridge and Baysville.

const. Peter Leon said at the time tthat whoever murdered and dismembered Morris wanted him victimremains to be found in order to send a “message.«

« The remains (were left) in such a way that they were left to be found,Leon said in June 2011. « There was no attempt to hide (them).

Leon did not specify who the intended target of the message was.

Orillia police now say Antonino Lucia, a 62-year-old man from Woodbridge, was arrested on Monday and charged with first-degree murder.

A $50,000 reward continues to be offered for information leading to the conviction of those responsible.

In July 2011, a man was charged with accessory after the fact to murder and contempt of the human body. The charges were later dropped.

— With files from the Toronto Sun and Postmedia


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