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TORONTO – Police have identified the victim in Montreal’s grisly murder and dismemberment case.
Montreal police confirmed Friday missing Concordia University student Jun Lin as the victim of suspected killer Luka Rocco Magnotta.
The 33-year-old student from Wuhan, China was reported missing to the Consulate General of the People’s Republic of China in Montreal on May 30, the day after a janitor in Montreal found the torso of a man locked in a suitcase.
In the report on the Consulate’s website, friends and family lost contact with Jun Lin on May 24. Jun came to Montreal to study in July 2011.
Montreal police Commander Ian Lafrenière said until DNA tests are conducted they cannot be 100 per cent sure that Jun Lin is the victim, but they are fairly certain of his identity.
Lafrenière said in a press conference that they have little information on the victim and the nature of the relationship between the victim and Magnotta, however they are certain the two knew each other.
The police also confirmed that Magnotta flew out of Montreal on May 26, but did not want to disclose his destination to the public. Lafrenière said Magnotta could have since re-entered Canada.
Lafrenière thanked the public who sent in over 200 pieces of information on Magnotta. Any information about the suspect prior to the murder and dismemberment case will be dealt with, but Lafrenière stressed their focus right now is on finding Magnotta.
Background on the murder case
The discovery of the violent murder and dismemberment case began Tuesday when a Montreal janitor found a locked suitcase that contained a decapitated male torso outside of an apartment building in a working-class neighbourhood in the city.
Magnotta was a tenant in the apartment.
Meanwhile in Ottawa, a Canada Post mail carrier delivered a white box with a red heart scribbled on top to staff at the Conservative party headquarters just blocks away from Parliament Hill. The blood-splattered package contained a severed foot.
Hours later, officials say they intercepted a second package at the Canada Post distribution centre. It was addressed to the Liberal party and contained a severed hand.
Montreal police found another hand and foot in the Montreal apartment.
By Wednesday night, media reports indicated that a letter was attached to the foot delivered to the Conservatives’ headquarters. The note said that four more body parts had been mailed out.
Both police and postal officials are said to be working now to track down these grotesque parcels.
The letter also stated that the killer would strike again.