10/08/2014 09:44 EDT | Updated 12/08/2014 05:59 EST

Otto (Bunty) Loose Trial: Senior's Head Found Kilometres From Body

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LETHBRIDGE, Alta. - An RCMP officer says the head of a slain senior was found several kilometres from the rest of his body in the dense woods near Bragg Creek, Alta.

The forensic identification officer was testifying Wednesday at the first-degree murder trial of Tim Engel, charged in the gruesome death of Otto (Bunty) Loose, a 77-year-old from Vulcan, Alta.

The officer says he was called in when the head was found and was also there when the accused took officers to the murder scene near Claresholm and told them he had slit Loose's throat.

The Crown contends Engel confessed his crime to undercover officers while the defence declined on Tuesday to deliver an opening statement.

However, the defence has questioned the lead investigator in the case about issues that Loose had with another individual.

The lead investigator acknowledged that RCMP were told by several people that Loose had a conflict with another man who had allegedly stolen property from him and made threats toward him.


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