Police link Vancouver body parts to Montreal murder

Wed Jun 6, 2012 12:51pm EDT
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(Reuters) - Canadian police said on Wednesday a severed hand and foot found in Vancouver are likely linked to the videotaped murder, dismemberment and cannibalism that led to the arrest of a suspect in Germany this week.

Packages containing the body parts were delivered by mail to two schools in the Pacific port city on Tuesday.

"We have all the reasons to believe it's linked to our investigation," Montreal police spokesman Ian Lafreniere told reporters in response to a question about whether the hand and foot belonged to Montreal murder victim Jun Lin, 32.

"(They are) the same body parts that we were looking for ... (They were) shipped from Montreal."

But he said it would take DNA tests to be "100 percent sure" of that.

Five body parts - two hands, two feet and a torso - have been found in three Canadian cities over the past week in the gruesome case that includes a sordid online video that depicts the crime.

The head is still missing.

Canadian Luka Rocco Magnotta, 29, faces charges of first-degree murder, indignities to a body, publishing and mailing obscene matter, and harassing Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper. He is in custody in Berlin and has said he won't fight extradition to Canada.

He could be returned to Canada in "a matter of weeks," Public Safety Minister Vic Toews told reporters.   Continued...