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Thu, 31 May 2012 10:47 - Updated Thu, 31 May 2012 10:47

Canada severed limbs suspect named as Luka Rocco Magnotta


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MONTREAL - Canadian police are searching for a man wanted in connection with two packages of human limbs in Ottawa and a headless torso in Montreal.

Luka Rocco Magnotta, 29, has been named as a suspect by the Montreal police, who have taken over the case.

A blood-soaked package containing a human foot was delivered to the offices of Prime Minister Stephen Harper's Conservative Party on Tuesday.

The second package, containing a hand, was found by police on Tuesday night.

That parcel was addressed to the Ottawa office of the Liberal Party, Canadian media reports.

Montreal police told the BBC that they believed the torso and the limbs were from the same body, but were waiting for test results to confirm this.

Mr Magnotta worked as a porn actor, an official close to the investigation told the Associated Press news agency.

In a statement, Montreal police said their investigation had led them to an apartment close to where the torso was found in a pile of rubbish.

 Luka Rocco Magnotta has two aliases The apartment was searched while a forensics team was asked to analyse "elements of the scene", according to a police statement.

Montreal police told the BBC that the apartment belonged to Mr Magnotta. The Montreal Gazette reported that a mattress inside was "stained with blood".

Investigators also believe they have a video of the crime, Canadian media report.

Mr Magnotta has not been arrested and is wanted under a Canada-wide warrant.

He is also known as Eric Clinton Newman and Vladimir Romanov.