Senior found dead in woods, charges pending

An Alberta senior missing for more than a week has been found dead and a man and a woman have been arrested.

VULCAN — An Alberta senior missing for more than a week has been found dead and a man and a woman have been arrested.

Police say they believe 77-year-old Otto (Bunty) Loose was taken from his home in Vulcan, south of Calgary, on the evening of Jan. 13 and driven to the nearby communities of Nanton and Claresholm in his own SUV.

Mounties say several suspicious financial transactions were attempted on Loose’s accounts during that time.

Early the next day, police say Loose was killed and his remains were dumped in the woods.

Sgt. Patrick Webb said Loose and the two people who were arrested, a 35-year-old man and his 28-year-old common-law wife, had known each other for about a year and a half.

“This was not random in any way,” Webb said.

“In this situation, we believe that Mr. Loose was actually targeted by these people simply for financial gain and unfortunately it resulted in his death.”

Investigators says they expect to charge the man with first-degree murder, kidnapping and forcible confinement.

They say the woman will be charged with accessory to murder and obstruction of justice.

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