Canadian police say porn star Luka Rocco Magnotta is severed foot suspect

This undated photo provided by City of Montreal Police Service media relations shows Luka Rocco Magnotta, 29, who is wanted for homicide. Montreal police said on Wednesday, May 30, 2012, they have identified Magnotta as a suspect in the gruesome case of severed body parts discovered in packages mailed to Ottawa, Ontario, and in a garbage heap in Montreal. AP Photo/City of Montreal Police Service

(AP) OTTAWA, Ontario - A porn actor is wanted in a gruesome case of dismembered body parts that were mailed to different places including the headquarters of the Conservative Party of Canada, police said Wednesday.

Luka Rocco Magnotta, 29, is wanted for homicide, Montreal police said at a news conference.

According to an official close to the investigation Magnotta worked as a porn actor and there is video of the crime. The official spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to talk publicly about those details. The Globe and Mail in Toronto describes him as a "male model and adult-film performer...Mr. Magnotta has a long electronic trail on the Internet, including modeling pictures and allegations he suffocated kittens."

Magnotta, believed to originally be from Toronto, was renting an apartment in a working-class Montreal neighborhood. It was behind that building that police found a man's torso in a suitcase in a heap of garbage Tuesday, police said. That same day, a foot was found in a package mailed to the Conservative party headquarters in Ottawa, and a hand found at postal warehouse in the Canadian capital. The package with the hand was addressed to the Liberal party of Canada. Early testing shows the three body parts come from the same man, police said.

"Some police officers have never witnessed a crime such as this," Montreal Police Cmdr. Ian Lafreniere said.

Severed human foot mailed to Canada's Conservative Party office

Lafreniere said they are investigating the possibility that other body parts might have been mailed. He said the suspect and the victim knew each other. He said it isn't linked to organized crime.

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A police officer removes a package from the Conservative Party headquarters in Ottawa, Ontario, on Tuesday, May 29, 2012.
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The packages with the foot and the hand had been mailed to Ottawa from Montreal. It wasn't clear why.

"We're talking about a very disturbed person. It's very graphic. We're still missing parts of the body," Lafreniere said.

Police said Magnotta is also known by the names Eric Clinton Newman and Vladimir Romanov. They described him as white, 5.8 feet tall with blue eyes and black hair.

Police discovered the severed foot after Jenni Bryne, a top political adviser to Prime Minister Stephen Harper, opened a bloodstained box at Conservative party headquarters Tuesday.

When Bryne opened the box, a foul odor overcame the office.

"It was such a horrible odor. I'm sure many of us will not forget it," Conservative Party spokesman Fred DeLorey said.

Police said the package was addressed to the Conservative Party of Canada and not to a specific person.

Canada Post wouldn't comment on the discoveries.

Eric Schorer, the manager of the building where the suspect lived, said Magnotta had been living there for about four months but hadn't been seen around in a while. He said there were never any complaints about noise in the unit, and that Magnotta passed a credit test to rent there.

"He seemed like a nice guy," Schorer said.

In Ottawa, political staffers were keeping a nervous eye on the mail.

"It's very upsetting," Opposition New Democrat member Yvon Godin said. "It could be just one crazy person that did it, but at the same time we have lots of people unhappy in our country, the way the country is going."

Opposition Liberal member Justin Trudeau called the packages horrific.

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