Police have said it's too soon to determine any official link, but soon after a severed human foot was mailed to Canada's Conservative Party headquarters in Ottawa Tuesday, a torso has been found in a suitcase in Montreal, and a hand has been intercepted in the Canadian postal system.
While yesterday it was just a "suspected" foot, after an unwitting staffer called the police in horror, analysis and an x-ray have proven that, indeed, a human foot was sent to Canada's Conservative Party headquarters.
Significantly, according to The Canadian Press, the package was not addressed to any particular individual, but to the party in general.
As for the torso, a Montreal janitor said he had noticed a terrible smell coming from a suitcase left with discarded furniture and trash on the curb for several days.
"I noticed flies and when I looked closer I saw maggots," the man said. "I got a friend and we got some cutters because there was a little lock on the suitcase...What I saw when we opened it is hard to describe. There was no head and (the torso) was all grey."
He said backed away quickly and called police.
Regarding the hand in the package, police are wisely keeping some of the information from the public.
Officials say it was sent from the same point of origin as the foot, but will not reveal its intended address (though they clarified that it was not Conservative Party headquarters).
While police are still in the preliminary stages of the investigation, they have reportedly identified 29-year-old Luka Rocco Magnotta as a suspect related to the case, and are asking for the public's help in locating him. According to CNN, it is unclear whether the suspect is being charged, or whether he is just wanted to for questioning.
A Canadian officer explains why they are looking for the man:
Autopsies are scheduled to determine if the body parts belong to the same individual, though it will likely be several days before the results are in. Police also combing the area where the suitcase was found in an effort to recover the rest of the limbs, before they are unintentionally stumbled upon by someone else.
“It’s just sickening,” Conservative MP Brad Trost said. “If someone actually did send something in the mail, that’s just abhorrent. I hope it has nothing to do [with] politics. Hopefully it’s just somebody’s idea of a stupid joke.”
Via the Ottawa Citizen:
Montreal police have issued a Canada-wide warrant for Rocco Luka Magnotta — a man with a disturbing online profile who is now accused of murder after the grisly discovery of a torso, whose severed foot and hand were mailed to the Conservative and Liberal party offices in Ottawa.
Magnotta, 29, who also goes by the aliases Eric Clinton Newman and Vladimir Romanov, is allegedly a former stripper and porn star with multiple websites depicting him in various photo spreads.
Montreal police have obtained a videotape of [what appears to be] the killing, according to the Montreal Gazette.
Meanwhile, the Montreal police focused their attention on a second-floor apartment in the neighbourhood of Snowdon, located near the alley where the torso was found decomposing in a suitcase on the curb with a pile of garbage.
The tenant of the building is being sought by police, said residents of the building.
The apartment smelled terrible and the bed appeared to be stained with blood when a Gazette reporter visited it Wednesday afternoon.
Neighbors describe the suspect as quiet, saying: “It’s like you see in the movies. It’s always the good neighbour. It’s the cliché.”