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Did Canada's alleged cannibal killer Luka Magnotta strike in LA?

Police in Canada investigating the horrific murder and dismemberment of a student have been contacted by Los Angeles police officers about a similar slaying of a 66-year-old man, whose body was found under the famous Hollywood sign, according to reports.

The Toronto Star reported that 29-year-old porn film actor Luka Rocco Magnotta, the man suspected of killing of Chinese student Jun Lin, may have lived in Los Angeles at one time. Montreal police told the paper that he had lived somewhere on the U.S. West Coast.

In late January, the remains of a retired airline worker were found in Los Angeles. The body of Hervey Medellin, 66, had been found by dog walkers near the Hollywood sign after one of the dogs found a plastic bag containing his severed head.

Victim identified in Hollywood severed head case

"The body parts are the common denominator here," Los Angeles police spokesman Officer Lyle Knight said, according to the Star. "That's why our investigators want to talk to the Canadians. We want to know if his whereabouts included Hollywood because we understand he was in the acting field and Hollywood being the acting and movie mecca, we want to know."

Los Angeles police told ABC News that Medellin was openly gay, and noted that Medellin's hands and feet had also been cut off.

The similarities between the Los Angeles killing and the Canada murder four months later are striking. Lin, 33, who was studying computer science at Concordia University in Montreal, was killed in May. His hands and feet were sent in the mail to schools in Vancouver and political offices in Ottawa, while his torso was found in a suitcase in Montreal. His head has not been found.

Canada police: Notes mailed with body parts

Investigators say Magnotta, who was Lin's lover, videotaped the killing and dismemberment in his apartment and posted it online. The video also shows the suspect eating parts of the body, police said.

After two Vancouver schools received packages in the mail containing body parts, authorities are investigating whether there is a connection with Luka Magnotta, the Canadian porn star arrested in Berlin for allegedly murdering and dismembering an acquaintance. NBC's Michelle Kosinski reports.

Magnotta was arrested in Berlin, Germany, on Monday in connection with Lin's murder and is expected to be extradited to Canada.

Canadian police: Body parts delivered to Vancouver schools


Dep. Chief Warren Lemcke provides details on the police investigation of human remains that were sent to two Vancouver, British Columbia schools.



The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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