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Suspect named in Canadian body parts case

May 30, 2012 at 3:37 PM   |   Comments

OTTAWA, May 30 (UPI) -- A Montreal suspect was named Wednesday after severed body parts were delivered and found in Montreal and Ottawa, police said.

At a news conference Wednesday, Montreal Police Cmdr. Ian Lafreniere said a warrant was out for Luka Rocco Magnotta but gave few details of why he is a suspect. He said there was no indication organized crime was involved.

The first grisly find was made at the Conservative Party's headquarters when a receptionist began opening a delivered box Tuesday morning and called police, the Ottawa Citizen reported.

Officers confirmed the box contained a human left foot, which was sent for forensic evaluation.

The package was addressed to the party and no one in particular, police said.

Soon after, a suspicious Canada Post employee at a mail sorting station noticed a package with a "putrid stench," which police said contained a human hand, the QMI agency said.

At the same time, police in Montreal said they had discovered a headless and limbless torso stuffed into a suitcase and set on the curb for garbage collection, the reports said.

A shopkeeper called police about the smell and insects around the bag.

A police source told The (Montreal) Gazette so far "all indications are that these are from the same body," but an identity was not released.

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