Police think Canada body parts suspect is overseas
Thursday, May 31, 2012
OTTAWA, Ontario (AP) — A Canadian porn actor suspected of mailing body parts to the headquarters of two major political parties after making a video of the killing might have fled North America, police said Thursday.
Montreal Police Cmdr. Ian Lafreniere said authorities believe Luka Rocco Magnotta fled based on evidence they found at his apartment, and based on a blog Magnotta once wrote about how to disappear.
The 29-year-old Magnotta has been added to Interpol’s “wanted persons” list.
“We believe he may be in a foreign country,” Lafreniere told The Associated Press. “He left a letter on a website mentioning how to disappear for good, and secondly, our investigation brought us some details that might let us think that he could be away from the country.”
Lafreniere said they have an idea where he might have fled but declined to say where.
Lafreniere also said police have been trying to take down an online video that they believe shows Magnotta murdering a man he dated.
The video shows a man stabbing another man with an ice pick while the victim lies naked and tied up. The first man later reveals he has slashed the other man’s throat. He also dismembers the corpse and performs sexual acts with it.
Lafreniere said they were able to take down the video Wednesday night but that it keeps reappearing online.
The case began Tuesday when police found a man’s torso in a suitcase behind Magnotta’s apartment and a severed foot was found in a package mailed to the Conservative Party headquarters in Ottawa. A hand was found in a separate package at a postal facility, addressed to the Liberal Party of Canada.
Other body parts remain missing, and Lafreniere said police are investigating the possibility that they also may have been put in the mail.