Canada dismemberment suspect may be in France: source

Fri Jun 1, 2012 12:45pm EDT
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PARIS (Reuters) - A Canadian suspected of dismembering a man in Montreal, filming the murder and then mailing body parts to political parties in Ottawa may now be in France, where police are conducting a search, a police source told Reuters on Friday.

Luka Rocco Magnotta, 29, faces first degree murder charges in connection with the grisly videotaped death of 32-year-old Chinese student Jun Lin.

Montreal police said Magnotta and Jun both featured in the graphic video, which was posted on a Canadian Internet site that specializes in gore. Police were trying to have the video removed from the site.

"In a homicide case like this having images of the crime is very rare," said Montreal police spokesman Ian Lafreniere.

"Media around the world have circulated his (Magnotta's) photograph, the media have been talking about this ... so I'm very hopeful that all that assistance will help us put him behind bars," he told reporters.

The French police source said French authorities were informed on Thursday that Magnotta had bought a plane ticket for Paris. Interpol issued an international arrest warrant the same day, and a "Red Notice" with Magnotta's unsmiling mug shot is at the top of the Interpol home page.

The source said Magnotta had spent time in France in 2010.

Montreal police formally identified the victim on Friday and said he had died on May 24 or May 25.

Magnotta, who has used at least three different names, caught a plane from Montreal for Europe on May 26, but Lafreiniere did not say where he had flown to and said it was possible he had returned to Canada under a different name.   Continued...

Writing on the wall of a closet in the apartment where Luka Rocco Magnotta, 29, also known as Eric Clinton Newman and Vladimir Romanov, lived in, in Montreal May 31, 2012. REUTERS/ Robert J. Galbraith