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Canada hunts man who sent body parts

A Canadian porn actor suspected of mailing body parts to the headquarters of two major political parties after making a video of the killing might have fled to France, police said Thursday.

A Montreal police official, speaking on condition of anonymity, said they have information that Luka Rocco Magnotta might have left Canada for France but said his current whereabouts are not known.

Montreal Police Cmdr. Ian Lafreniere earlier said authorities believe Magnotta, 29, fled North America based on evidence they found at his Montreal apartment and based on a blog he once wrote about how to disappear. He has been added to Interpol's "wanted persons" list.

Lafreniere also said police have been trying to take down an online video that they believe shows Magnotta murdering a man he dated.

Lafreniere said police believe that the victim is a man reported missing several days ago and that his family lives overseas.

The case began Tuesday when police found a man's torso in a suitcase behind Magnotta's apartment building and a severed foot was found in a package mailed to the Conservative Party headquarters in Ottawa.

A hand was found in a separate package at a postal facility, addressed to the Liberal Party of Canada.

Other body parts from the torso remain missing, and Lafreniere said police are investigating the possibility that they also may have been put in the mail.

Police said Magnotta is also known by the names Eric Clinton Newman and Vladimir Romanov. They described him as white and 5 feet 8 inches tall with blue eyes and black hair.

Magnotta changed his name from Eric Clinton Kirkman in 2006, and online posts suggest he had a longtime fascination with identity change and escape.

Magnotta, born in the Toronto area, was renting an apartment in a working-class Montreal neighborhood. Police in masks combed through the blood-streaked apartment Wednesday.

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