July 3, 2012 / 10:35 PM / 5 years ago

Montreal police probing Lin murder find possible body part

(Reuters) - Montreal police have found possible human remains in a local park, fueling speculation they could be those of Chinese student Jun Lin, the victim of one of Canada’s most gruesome murders in recent memory.

Luka Rocco Magnotta, 29, accused of killing a Chinese student, Jun Lin, and sending his feet and hands in the mail to the offices of two Canadian political parties and two Vancouver schools, is escorted off a plane from Germany by Montreal police in Montreal June 18, 2012 in this handout photo. Magnotta, who is accused of first-degree murder, was arrested in a cyber cafe in Berlin two weeks ago. REUTERS/SPVM/Handout

Police said they discovered what looked like a human body part late on Sunday after officers with the force’s major crime unit, which has been investigating the Lin murder, received information that led them to search the park. The object was sent to a lab for testing.

Police said on Monday it’s too early to make any links to the murder in May of Lin, and a spokesman declined to provide further detail. Local media, citing unnamed sources, said the object found on Sunday appeared to be a human head.

Lin’s hands and feet were mailed to the offices of political parties in Ottawa and to schools in Vancouver, while his torso was found in a pile of garbage. His head is still missing.

Luka Rocco Magnotta, a Canadian porn actor who is accused of killing Lin, dismembering and cannibalizing his body and posting a video of the crime online, last month pleaded not guilty to all charges.

Magnotta, who was on Interpol’s most-wanted list, was arrested in Germany early last month and deported to Canada.

Reporting by Jeffrey Hodgson; Editing by Eric Beech

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