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Orillia OPP files first degree murder charge in ‘historic’ case dating back over 12 years


Orillia OPP has brought a first degree murder charge in the death of a man who was first reported missing more than 12 years ago.

On Monday, provincial police charged a 62-year-old Woodbridge man in connection with the death of Morris Conte. Conte was last seen in Caledon in May 2010. He was 45 at the time of his disappearance.

Police said Conte’s remains were scattered both in the Sugarbush area of ​​Oro-Medonte and on Maplehurst Road in Lake of Bays Township on May 22, 2010. Then, on May 28, additional remains were found. were found on Stoneleigh Road in Bracebridge.

The remains were confirmed to be those of Conte through a post-mortem investigation.

A suspect was charged in July 2011 in connection with Conte’s death.

On September 26, a second person was arrested in connection with this ongoing investigation. Antonino LUCIA, 62, of Woodbridge, has been charged with first degree murder.

A $50,000 reward continues to be offered for information leading to the conviction of the person(s) responsible for Morris Conte’s murder.

According to the police, the investigation is ongoing. Anyone with details to share, big or small, are asked to contact the OPP at 1-888-310-1122 or Crime Stoppers anonymously at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).

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