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Body parts of Liu Guahuang were discovered along the West Highland Creek in Scarborough on Aug. 20.Deborah Baic/The Globe and Mail

A human torso found floating in a suitcase on Lake Ontario Wednesday morning is that of Liu Guahuang, a Scarborough businesswoman slain and dismembered last month, police say.

The suitcase – described by witnesses as large and black, with two wheels and a handle – was discovered by a pair of boaters on personal watercrafts, drifting about 2 1/2 kilometres off Bluffer's Park. They towed it to shore and called police.

A post-mortem examination conducted Thursday confirmed that the decomposed remains were those of Ms. Liu.

The 41-year-old was last seen the evening of Aug. 10 at the spa she owned. A few days later, her foot was found in Mississauga's Credit River. Her hands and head were discovered in that area shortly after. Then, last week, parts of her limbs were found in Highland Creek, near her home in Scarborough. Her former boyfriend has been charged with the crime.

A mother of three, Ms. Liu lived with her grown son; her younger children lived with their father. Acquaintances said she was looking to sell her recently-acquired business and move to China.

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