Porn star hunted over body parts in Canada

A porn actor is being hunted over the gruesome case of a dismembered body whose parts were mailed to different places including the headquarters of the Conservative Party of Canada.

Luka Rocco Magnotta, 29, is wanted for homicide, Montreal police said at a news conference.

According to an official close to the investigation Magnotta worked as a porn actor and there is video of the crime.

Magnotta, believed to originally be from Toronto, was renting an apartment in a working-class Montreal neighbourhood, behind which police found a man’s torso in a suitcase on Tuesday.

The same day, a foot was found in a package mailed to the Conservative Party headquarters in Ottawa, and a hand was found at postal warehouse in the Canadian capital.

Early testing shows the three body parts come from the same man, police said. The packages with the foot and the hand had been mailed to Ottawa from Montreal.

Montreal Police Commander Ian Lafreniere said detectives are investigating the possibility that other body parts might have been mailed. He said the suspect and the victim knew each other, and it was not linked to organised crime.

“We’re talking about a very disturbed person. It’s very graphic. We’re still missing parts of the body,” Mr Lafreniere said.

Police said Magnotta is also known by the names Eric Clinton Newman and Vladimir Romanov. They described him as white, 5ft 8in with blue eyes and black hair.

Police discovered the severed foot after Jenni Bryne, a political adviser to prime minister Stephen Harper, opened a bloodstained box at Conservative headquarters on Tuesday.

When she opened the box, a foul smell overcame the office.

Conservative Party spokesman Fred DeLorey said: “It was such a horrible odour. I’m sure many of us will not forget it.”

Police said the package was addressed to the Conservative Party of Canada and not to a specific person.

Officers confirmed on Wednesday that they intercepted a second package containing a human hand at an Ottawa postal facility late Tuesday. Police wouldn’t say where the package was addressed.

Ottawa police said they were consulting with counterparts in Montreal after a janitor there discovered a severed male torso in a suitcase in a heap of rubbish behind the apartment building.


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