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Luka Rocco Magnotta, Canadian porn star and suspect in dismember slay, spotted in Paris, police say

Luka Rocco Magnotta, a 29-year-old porn actor and model, is wanted for homicide 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. 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 on May 29, 2012, police said. That same day, a foot was found in a package mailed to the Conservative party headquarters in Ottawa. A hand was also 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. According to an official close to the investigation, there is video of the crime. Police say Magnotta is also known by the names Eric Clinton Newman and Vladimir Romanov. Montreal police identified Magnotta as a suspect on May 30, 2012. They described him as white, 5 feet 8 inches tall with blue eyes and black hair. He is seen in this undated personal photo. Personal Photo

Undated photo of Luka Rocco Magnotta, 29, who is wanted for homicide in a gruesome case of dismembered body parts that were mailed to different places
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(CBS/AP) PARIS - Police are investigating two claimed sightings in the French capital of Canadian porn actor Luka Rocco Magnotta. He is the man accused of killing a man he dated, making a video of the attack, and sending the victim's dismembered body parts in the mail, a state prosecutor's office said.

Pictures: Porn actor wanted in gruesome body parts case

Magnotta, 29, is wanted by Canadian authorities on first-degree murder and other charges. Police have identified the victim as 33-year-old Chinese university student Jun Lin, according to The Associated Press.

Interpol placed Magnotta on the equivalent of its most-wanted list. Police believe he fled to France on May 26.

An official in the Paris office, speaking on condition of anonymity because of office policy, said Sunday that police were looking into the alleged sightings in northwest Paris but had no additional details.

Police said Magnotta is also known by the names Eric Clinton Newman and Vladimir Romanov, and described him as white and 5 feet 8 inches tall (1.78 meters) with blue eyes and black hair. A police official said he was a porn actor.

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