Signs of 'killer' porn actor Magnotta 'found in Paris'

Undated picture of Luka Rocco Magnotta released by Interpol 31 May 2012
Image caption Luka Rocco Magnotta has been known to use different names

French police have conducted searches in Paris in the hunt for a Canadian porn actor wanted for the murder and dismemberment of his lover.

French media say police are not sure whether Luka Rocco Magnotta, 29, is still in the Paris region.

His mobile phone signal was traced to two Paris districts. He is thought to have arrived from Montreal a week ago.

Police found items of his in a Paris hotel room - pornographic magazines and airline sick bags, French media say.

The hotel is in Bagnolet, an eastern suburb of Paris near the peripherique ring road.

Interpol has issued a Red Notice wanted-persons alert for Mr Magnotta, a native English-speaker from Ontario. He is also known as Eric Clinton Newman or Vladimir Romanov.

At the weekend French police searched a bar and two hotels in Bagnolet, following up alleged sightings of the suspect, a police source said.

The suspect's alleged victim was Jun Lin, a 33-year-old Chinese student, Montreal police told the BBC.

A hand and a foot were posted to political parties in Ottawa on Tuesday and a headless torso was found behind Mr Magnotta's Montreal flat.

Although results have not yet emerged from forensic tests on the remains, police say they are all but certain the body parts were Jun Lin's.

Image caption There was an alleged sighting of Mr Magnotta at this Paris hotel

A video posted online, in which a man apparently uses an ice pick to kill another man, is believed to show Jun Lin's murder, investigators say.

The suspect had reportedly worked as a bisexual porn actor and model.

Jun Lin, from the city of Wuhan, in China's Hubei province, had been living in Montreal since July 2011.

He was enrolled as an undergraduate in the engineering and computer science faculty at Montreal's Concordia University, said a spokeswoman for the college.

On Tuesday a foot was posted to the Conservative Party's offices, and police intercepted a second parcel, containing a hand, addressed to the Liberal Party's offices.

One of Prime Minister Stephen Harper's political advisers opened the bloodstained box containing the foot.

Media reports have linked Mr Magnotta to a video posted online in 2010 that showed two kittens being placed in a plastic bag and suffocated, and another of a kitten being fed to a snake.

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