August 21st, 2012
10:08 AM ET
More dismembered human remains found in Canada
Police in the Toronto area were executing search warrants in the case of body parts found in two waterways in the past week, according to local news reports on Tuesday.
The parts – a head and foot found in the Credit River
in Mississauga last Wednesday and Thursday, and an arm, two calves and a thigh found in West Highlands Creek in Toronto over the weekend –
are likely from the same person, police said, according to a report in the Toronto Star
. The two sites are about 60 kilometers (37 miles) apart.
"We have a female victim who unfortunately we’ve been able to find portions of her body in two jurisdictions," Peel Regional Police Sgt. Pete Brandwood said Monday, according to a report from CNN affiliate CBC
He said there are "obvious similarities between the discovery of those body parts in Toronto and the recent discovery of our body parts here in Peel," the CBC reported.
The parts found on the weekend were in two different places in West Highlands Creek, according to the reports.
Cameron James came across the first set of remains Saturday while searching for golf balls, according to the Toronto Star
"I came across a pungent smell. Upon further investigation it looked life a loaf of ham, and then I looked closer –
it's not a ham, it's not a cow, it looked like a human calf," James said in an interview with the CBC.
A Toronto Star reporter discovered the second set of remains in the creek on Sunday when he nearly tripped over a garbage bag floating in the creek.
"Somebody's been chopped up, put in this bag and thrown in the river –
and that's pretty sick," the reporter, Dale Brazao, said in an interview with the CBC.
Last Wednesday and Thursday, a head and a foot were found about a kilometer (0.6 mile) apart along the Credit River, which runs near Hewick Meadows Park in Mississauga, a city of 700,000 west of Toronto and not far from Lake Ontario.
Police said Monday they are closer to identifying the victim, according to the news reports. The Toronto Sun,
citing an unnamed police source, said the remains may be linked to a missing Scarborough woman. Scarborough is the Toronto neighborhood where the remains were found over the weekend.
Peel Regional Police Constable Fiona Thivierge said police are being methodical in the investigation.
"It’s just a question of trying to be as patient as possible and allow the evidence to take us where it needs to go in order to get answers to this puzzling situation," the CBC quoted her as saying.
Once the victim is identified, police can then look for a suspect, Thivierge told the Star.
“In order to have a suspect they’d need to know who the victim is,” she told the Star.
The case is the second involving body parts to make big headlines in Canada this year.
In May, police found a human torso in a trash bin outside a Montreal apartment. The victim's hand and foot were mailed to the headquarters of Canada's two main political parties in Ottawa.
Luka Rocco Magnotta, a 29-year-old porn actor, was arrested
and charged with first-degree murder in that case in June. He pleaded not guilty
Body parts linked to the Magnotta case were also mailed to schools
in British Columbia, according to authorities.