Los Angeles police are looking into a possible connection between a Canadian porn actor suspected in the mutilation of a university student and the killing of a California man who was also dismembered in the same grisly manner.
In January, a woman walking on a hilltop trail near the famed Hollywood sign discovered a freshly severed head. Police scoured the area and found human hands and feet and identified the victim as Hervey Medellin, 66.
Parts of Medellin’s body are still missing.
Officer Cleon Joseph of the Los Angeles police said reporters have asked detectives whether Medellin’s killing was linked in any way to Luka Rocco Magnotta, 29, suspected of killing Chinese student Lin Jun in Montreal.
Joseph said police do not have any evidence that establishes a connection between the two crimes.
Montreal police told the Toronto Sun newspaper that Magnotta may have been in Los Angeles at the time of Medellin’s killing.
After a massive manhunt, Magnotta was arrested Monday in a Berlin Internet cafe. He is awaiting extradition to Canada to face first-degree murder charges.
In the grisliest Montreal crime in years, police say they suspect the porn actor killed and dismembered Lin and posted a 10-minute video of it online. Montreal police Cmdr. Ian Lafreniere said the video shows Magnotta engaged in sexual acts involving body parts and also included evidence of cannibalism.
Police say they believe Magnotta sent Lin’s body parts by mail to political party headquarters in Ottawa and two schools in Vancouver, British Columbia. Magnotta then fled Montreal for Europe.
Lin’s distraught family traveled from their village in China to Montreal this week. Lafreniere said the family had little money and people had stepped up to help.
The Chinese Consulate in Montreal announced the creation Thursday of the Lin Jun Rest in Peace Foundation. A brief statement on the consulate website said people had expressed a desire to help and could now do so by donating to a special bank account.