A human torso placed in a suitcase and found drifting on Lake Ontario is the latest in a string of body parts discovered in and around Toronto over the past month.
The grisly discovery was made on Wednesday morning by a man and a woman on personal watercrafts, according to area residents. They found the suitcase some two and a half kilometres off Bluffer's Park in Scarborough, pulled it back to land and called police.
The coroner confirmed the remains were human but, so far, police don't know to whom the torso belongs, or whether it is of a man or a woman – questions they hope a postmortem examination on Thursday morning will answer. They are investigating whether the remains are linked to the case of Liu Guahuang, a Scarborough woman whose head and limbs were found in the Credit River in Mississauga and a creek near her home last month.
"We've been in touch with Peel Region police and, until we get the results of the postmortem examination, we can't determine if it's one in the same," Detective Leslie Dunkley said.
Police are withholding other details, such as whether the torso was clothed or if anything else was inside the suitcase. A team of officers, including members of the marine unit, searched the area, but found nothing by late Wednesday.
Blaine Reardon said he was sitting in the park when the suitcase was brought to shore. He described it as large and black, with a pair of wheels on the bottom and a handle. It was zipped shut.
"I don't know what's going on here. It's not good to be finding all these body parts."
Ms. Liu, a 41-year-old mother of three, disappeared the evening of Aug. 10 after a friend dropped her off at her spa. Her former boyfriend has been charged with second-degree murder.
Last week, police found a torso in the Niagara River. They have determined that it belonged to a woman between 20 and 40 years old, but was not Ms. Liu's.