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With Canada’s largest manhunt in police history having come to a decidedly anti-climactic end on Monday, and murder suspect Luka Magnotta, 29, residing in a Berlin jail awaiting expedition, one would think the citizens of Canada would be able to breathe easier. Such is, unfortunately, not the case as Canadian police announce the arrival of two new packages containing severed limbs – this time to Vancouver schools.
The first body part arrived at False Creek Elementary School on Tuesday in a foul-smelling and suspicious-looking box. A staff member from the school opened the package, revealing a disembodied hand, which was quickly reported to the police. Not an hour later, another report came in from St. George’s private school for boys; this time with the discovery of a severed foot. It is heavily suspected that both parts belong to Jun Lin, the Chinese foreign exchange student Magnotta is accused of dismembering and murdering – among other, more heinous crimes that he reportedly recorded on video and uploaded online.
Though there is a chance that these events could be the work of a completely unrelated killer – or even a copycat – the limbs are the same set that are missing from what has been recovered thus far of Lin’s mutilated body. Still missing is Lin’s head.
The remains have since been sent from Vancouver back to Montreal, the epicenter of the crime, for testing and verification that the body parts do, in fact, belong to Lin.
“We’ve got no indication [whether or not Magnotta is behind the gruesome new discoveries] whatsoever, but we’re not taking any chances… We’re working closely with the postal services to see if there could have been something [more] shipped,” Commander Ian Lafreniere, with the Montreal police, told the Canadian press at a news conference on Tuesday. He also relayed that more body parts had been discovered in a pile of trash behind Magnotta’s old apartment building, where the suitcase containing Lin’s torso had been found by the apartment complex’s janitor.
Other than just who the hand and foot belong to, or the location of Lin’s head, there is another major question in the continuing saga of Luka Magnotta, a man who other countries have dubbed “Canadian Psycho.” After being detained in Berlin, Magnotta has been set up with a German lawyer who has announced that Magnotta will not fight extradition back to Canada. Unfortunately, no one knows yet when his voyage home will be.
According to police, his extradition could come as soon as a few days from now, or take much longer. One thing is for sure: Lafreniere is not immediately concerned now that the killer is behind bars.
“At least, he’s detained — he’s stopped. The largest manhunt of the Montreal police history is over for us.”