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Severed hand, foot mailed to 2 schools in Vancouver, B.C.

Luka Rocco Magnotta

A severed hand and foot were mailed to two Vancouver schools Tuesday afternoon, but police said it's not clear if the packages are connected to the recent dismemberment of a Montreal student, the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation reported.

Vancouver Police Department Deputy Chief Warren Lemcke told reporters a package containing what appears to be a human hand was opened by a staff member at False Creek Elementary School, the CBC said.

Lemcke said another package containing what appears to be a human foot was found by staff members at St. George's School later in the afternoon, the CBC said.

Lemcke said investigators are working to identify the victim and determine where the packages originated.

He said the Vancouver Police Department has spoken with police in Montreal, but it's not clear if the packages are linked to alleged killer Luka Rocco Magnotta, 29, who is awaiting extradition from Germany in connection with the killing of university student Jun Lin.

Last week, Lin's body parts were mailed to the headquarters of the federal Liberal and Conservative parties. One of Lin's hands, a foot and his head were still missing.

Meanwhile, the CBC reported that Montreal police earlier Tuesday revealed disturbing forensic details about the murder and dismemberment case.

Montreal police said some of the evidence that allegedly links Magnotta to the crime are a surveillance footage from his apartment building and a nearby Canada Post outlet, and a horrific video montage that circulated on Internet sites last week.

Montreal investigators said they also have evidence of cannibalism, "as gross and as graphic as it could be," Montreal police Cmdr. Ian Lafrenière said, according to the CBC. "Yes, it was seen on the video."

Police still need to "absolutely prove" the authenticity of the video as a recording of the alleged crimes, although investigators "believe it is," he said. "Now we have to prove it."




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