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Body parts suspect 'fled abroad'

A Canadian porn actor suspected of mailing body parts to the headquarters of two major political parties after making a video of the killing might have fled to France, police said.

A Montreal police official said they have information that Luka Rocco Magnotta might have left Canada for France but said his current whereabouts are not known.

Montreal Police Cmdr Ian Lafreniere earlier said authorities believe Magnotta fled to North America based on evidence they found at his apartment, and based on a blog Magnotta once wrote about how to disappear.

Magnotta, 29, has been added to Interpol's "wanted persons" list.

"We believe he may be in a foreign country," Lafreniere said. "He left a letter on a website mentioning how to disappear for good, and secondly, our investigation brought us some details that might let us think that he could be away from the country."

Lafreniere also said police have been trying to take down an online video that they believe shows Magnotta murdering a man he dated.

The video shows a man stabbing another man with an ice pick while the victim lies naked and tied up. The first man later reveals he has slashed the other man's throat. He also dismembers the corpse and performs sexual acts with it. Lafreniere said they were able to take down the video but that it keeps reappearing online.

"It's horrible. I can't believe people take advantage of watching this," he said.

Lafreniere said police believe the victim is a man reported missing several days ago and that the man's family lives overseas. He said police were having trouble contacting the family.

The case began on Tuesday when police found a man's torso in a suitcase behind Magnotta's apartment building and a severed foot was found in a package mailed to the Conservative Party headquarters in Ottawa. A hand was found in a separate package at a postal facility, addressed to the Liberal Party of Canada. Other body parts remain missing, and Lafreniere said police are investigating the possibility that they also may have been put in the mail.

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