August 21st, 2012
01:03 PM ET

Dismembered remains in Toronto from woman, 41, police say

[Updated at 12:36 p.m. ET] The body parts found in two Toronto area waterways in the past week belong to Guang Hua Liu, a 41-year-old woman from Toronto, police said Tuesday.

Liu was last seen on Friday, August 10, Peel Regional Police Inspector George Koekkoek said, according to a report from CNN affiliate CTV.

Liu was a Canadian citizen of Chinese descent who once owned a spa in Toronto, according to CTV.

Police have no suspects in the case, Koekkoek said, according to a report from the Toronto Star.

She had three children, one now an adult and two others who live with their father, CTV cited Koekkoek as saying.

[Posted at 10:08 a.m. ET] Police in the Toronto area were executing search warrants in the case of body parts found in two waterways in the past week, according to local news reports on Tuesday.

The parts - a head and foot found in the Credit River in Mississauga last Wednesday and Thursday, and an arm, two calves and a thigh found in West Highlands Creek in Toronto over the weekend - are likely from the same person, police said, according to a report in the Toronto Star. The two sites are about 60 kilometers (37 miles) apart.

"We have a female victim who unfortunately we’ve been able to find portions of her body in two jurisdictions," Peel Regional Police Sgt. Pete Brandwood said Monday, according to a report from CNN affiliate CBC.

He said there are "obvious similarities between the discovery of those body parts in Toronto and the recent discovery of our body parts here in Peel," the CBC reported.

The parts found on the weekend were in two different places in West Highlands Creek, according to the reports.

Cameron James came across the first set of remains Saturday while searching for golf balls, according to the Toronto Star.

"I came across a pungent smell. Upon further investigation it looked life a loaf of ham, and then I looked closer - it's not a ham, it's not a cow, it looked like a human calf," James said in an interview with the CBC.

A Toronto Star reporter discovered the second set of remains in the creek on Sunday when he nearly tripped over a garbage bag floating in the creek.

"Somebody's been chopped up, put in this bag and thrown in the river - and that's pretty sick," the reporter, Dale Brazao, said in an interview with the CBC.

Last Wednesday and Thursday, a head and a foot were found about a kilometer (0.6 mile) apart along the Credit River, which runs near Hewick Meadows Park in Mississauga, a city of 700,000 west of Toronto and not far from Lake Ontario.

Police said Monday they are closer to identifying the victim, according to the news reports.  The Toronto Sun, citing an unnamed police source, said the remains may be linked to a missing Scarborough woman. Scarborough is the Toronto neighborhood where the remains were found over the weekend.

Peel Regional Police Constable Fiona Thivierge said police are being methodical in the investigation.

"It’s just a question of trying to be as patient as possible and allow the evidence to take us where it needs to go in order to get answers to this puzzling situation," the CBC quoted her as saying.

Once the victim is identified, police can then look for a suspect, Thivierge told the Star.

“In order to have a suspect they’d need to know who the victim is,” she told the Star.

The case is the second involving body parts to make big headlines in Canada this year.

In May, police found a human torso in a trash bin outside a Montreal apartment. The victim's hand and foot were mailed to the headquarters of Canada's two main political parties in Ottawa.

Luka Rocco Magnotta, a 29-year-old porn actor, was arrested and charged with first-degree murder in that case in June. He pleaded not guilty.

Body parts linked to the Magnotta case were also mailed to schools in British Columbia, according to authorities.

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  1. florence

    Its horrible enough for the kids to loose their mother but for them to know someone chopped her up is beyond belief and its not like they wont know..sick people out there..sick isnt the word

    August 21, 2012 at 6:58 pm | Report abuse |
  2. raven

    They aren't MIND altering drugs. They are MOOD altering drugs. People who use them aren't Manchurian Candidates.
    My condolences to this poor woman, her family and loved ones.

    August 21, 2012 at 7:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mary

      I had no Idea you were a Doctor raven.
      To anyone contemplating the use of meds, please bypass raven's post as fact

      August 21, 2012 at 8:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • notsomuch

      You know who else isn't a doctor? You and your bf. So can it.

      August 21, 2012 at 8:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mary

      @ notsomuch, You are correct ... Best Friend is the correct term

      August 21, 2012 at 9:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • raven

      No mary, I'm not a doctor. But I can READ. And I COMPREHEND what I read.( and I don't need an outsider to proofread my posts OR my texts,the way YOU do). And I wouldn't presume to undermine the advice of doctors, for the rantings of a conspiracy theorist the way you do. I didn't give advice. I didn't tell anyone to disregard anything,like you did. When did Philip become a physician? Cuz he is the only person you give any credence to,and he proclaimed himself( and I quote) an "expert" on meds. Where are his qualifications,certificates or diplomas in his field of " expertise"? All I did was point out a legitimate error. So there.

      August 21, 2012 at 9:34 pm | Report abuse |
  3. raven

    They are MOOD altering drugs. Period.

    August 21, 2012 at 9:36 pm | Report abuse |
  4. raven

    And when did YOU become so interested in meds mary? Never mind, we all know....when philip has an interest, it also becomes yours. Like you spontaneously decided to take up this anti med crusade alllll on your own? please....

    August 21, 2012 at 9:40 pm | Report abuse |
  5. sungku

    maybe they will pin this also on sung ku kim who is rotting in a prison in beaverton, oregon.

    August 21, 2012 at 10:23 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Fu Manchu

    Chinese Mafia. Triads? Tongs?

    August 21, 2012 at 10:36 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Rascal Rabble to pollute the waterways...time to triangulate the cell towers to catch this machete serial killer who like making sushi out of asian women...

    August 21, 2012 at 10:41 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Rascal Rabble

    don't spas have alotta cameras around their business?

    August 21, 2012 at 10:43 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Darcy

    "Spa" Owner, yeah right. You live in a world beyond the law and associate with a criminal element, you should expect your end to come in a tragic manner. No tears and no wasted taxpayer money trying to find one of the chows that offed her.

    August 21, 2012 at 10:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • LHenn516

      I hope you have been in contact with law enforcement. They will be relieved to know that you have single-handedly solved the case for them.

      August 22, 2012 at 8:47 am | Report abuse |
    • LizardLance

      Darcy? Are you serious? My sister-in-law runs a spa and there has NEVER been any hint of unlawful activities going on there. Get your head screwed on right before you post this kind of vile disgusting nonsense again. You are pathetic.

      September 1, 2012 at 6:31 am | Report abuse |
  10. scotonfire

    Sad, and really sick.

    August 22, 2012 at 12:08 am | Report abuse |
  11. John Andrew

    It seems to me that the person knew her well and hated her bc of the dismemberment. Crime of passion perhaps.

    August 22, 2012 at 12:45 am | Report abuse |
  12. JoeProfet

    These crimes are not new and nothing is new under the sun. Truth is, the reportability (if that's a word) by the media is getting better (tongue in cheek) in that more stories can be covered and reported. So all we really are seeing is an increase in coverage of the stuff that has been, and will continue to go on. I don't think the rate of these crimes has changed/fluctuated much. I could be wrong. Anyway, still very, very sad for the individual.

    August 22, 2012 at 1:43 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Hope

    Wouldn't it be nice if they caught this guy?

    Hatred is not the only reason. Fear of being
    exposed for what and who you purport your
    self to be, is another reason one would go to
    that extreme. What would his wife and kids,
    and co-workers think.

    Another average, ladder climbing exec.

    Too bad, so sad;

    August 22, 2012 at 8:29 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Hope

    Thanks for finding his covey.

    LE need to have property owners and,
    especially Hotels search their property
    and any adjacent public properties for
    more coveys.


    August 23, 2012 at 10:52 am | Report abuse |
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