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Suspect sought in Canadian body parts investigation

A hand and foot were discovered in separate mail packages, while a torso was discovered yesterday.

Police remove a package from the Conservative Party offices in Ottawa yesterday.
Police remove a package from the Conservative Party offices in Ottawa yesterday.
Image: AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Sean Kilpatrick

POLICE IN MONTREAL say that separate body parts discovered in Montreal come from the same man and that they believe they are closing in on a suspect.

An investigation was launched after a severed foot was discovered yesterday in a package posted to the ruling Conservative Party.

A torso was found in a suitcase among garbage behind an apartment building yesterday, while a package containing a human hand was intercepted at a postal centre in Ottawa today. The Globe and Mail reports that the second package was being sent to the Liberal Party.

Early tests show that the parts come from the same body. Police in Montreal have been searching through the apartment building behind which the torso was discovered.

Today, Montreal police commander Ian Lafreniere said that authorities do not believe the incidents are linked to organised crime. “The suspect and victim knew each other,” he said.

The Montreal Gazette reports that police have identified the suspect as a 29-year-old model and adult film star, and say that a video recording may have been made of the crime.

- Additional reporting by the AP

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