Montreal police have confirmed that the human head found in a Montreal park near Luka Rocco Magnotta’s apartment belonged to slain and dismembered Chinese student Jun Lin.
A tip led investigators to a small lake in Angrignon Park in the southwest Montreal neighbourhood of Ville Émard Sunday where they found what appeared to be a human head, a police source told The Associated Press.
Lin’s torso was discovered stuffed in a suitcase behind Magnotta’s Montreal apartment building — just a few kilometres from Angrignon Park — in late May.
His hands and feet were mailed to political parties in Ottawa and two B.C. schools — but police had not been able to locate his head.
Magnotta is in a Montreal detention centre awaiting trial next year. He was arrested in a Berlin internet cafe on June 4 while reading about himself online. An international manhunt tracked him from France to Germany.
Magnotta, 29, is accused of the first-degree murder of Lin, along with defiling his corpse. He is also charged with harassing Prime Minister Stephen Harper and MPs, and publishing and mailing obscene material.
Montreal police had informed Lin’s family of the potential discovery earlier this week.
Last week at a memorial at Concordia University, Lin’s mother gave a passionate eulogy for her son, who she called “kind” and “open-minded” with a penchant for helping others.
“We hope to bring the monster who murdered our son to justice and we hope he will get the punishment he deserves. We dare not imagine how much suffering Jun underwent,”