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Highland police officer recalls Loch Ness tooth complaint

08/07/2005. Contributed by Jessica Martin

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A Police officer stationed in Inverness, Scotland, has contacted Nessie investigator William McDonald with knowledge about a 4-inch barbed tooth, found in a mutilated deer carcass at Loch Ness back in March by two American college students.

The officer, who refused to be identified, stated that he was present in mid-March when the two students entered police headquarters on Perth Road in the early morning hours.

McDonald ventured to Loch Ness in late December on an expedition funded by American author Steve Alten, whose latest release, "The LOCH" is a fictional account of the hunt for the monster, woven around McDonald's latest research.

The officer remembered the backpackers because of their luggage. "One was stocky, the other thin," said the officer. "They insisted on seeing the water bailiff, then got into an argument about an incident that happened the prior afternoon on Loch Ness. I had no idea at the time what they were after, but figured it out after speaking with a few other officers."

The officer said he's looked into the matter on his own time and is convinced the tooth was real and was, in fact, confiscated, but not by a water bailiff. "Could have been one of the PWLOs (Police Wildlife Liaison Officers). These are officers that police the area for wildlife crimes. I plan on speaking with our coordinator about the situation, it'd surely be nice to collect that reward money."

William McDonald was hired in late March by the two American students upon returning from their trip. After reviewing original photos taken at the site, he conferred with several marine biologists, palaeontologists, and board members of a few prestigious museums, raising $100,000 in reward money for information leading to the return of the tooth. "This is a major lead, " said McDonald. "I expect this case to break soon."

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