VANCOUVER, British Columbia – Police said Tuesday packages delivered to two Vancouver schools contained a human foot and hand.
Vancouver Deputy Police Chief Warren Lemcke said he could not immediately confirm if they were connected to the Montreal killing of a Chinese student who was murdered and dismembered.
Alleged killer Luka Rocco Magnotta is to be extradited from Germany for the killing of Jun Lin.
The British Columbia Coroner’s Service and the Vancouver police’s major crime investigators have been called in. One of Lin’s hands, a foot and his head are still missing.
Last week, body parts were mailed to the headquarters of the federal Liberal and Conservative parties.
Lemcke said Vancouver police are still investigating the two incidents. The first package containing what appeared to be a human hand was opened by staff at False Creek Elementary School after 1 p.m. local time Tuesday. Another package containing what appeared to be a human foot was found by staff at St. George’s School later Tuesday.
The investigation will center on identifying the victim and determining where the packages were mailed from. The schools are cordoned off as forensic examinations continue.
“There is no indication any student or staff has been targeted at any school,” Lemcke said. “This must have been a very traumatic incident for all involved in the schools involved in opening the packages and the Vancouver Police Department will assist with any way we can with our victims services section.”
Anie Lemieux of Montreal police said they are in contact with Vancouver police but it is too early to say whether there is a connection with limbs known to be missing from Jun Lin.
“We can’t tell before a verification is made,” Lemieux said.