A badly decomposed human torso was found in a suitcase floating in Lake Ontario near Bluffer’s Park in Scarborough on Wednesday morning, Toronto police confirmed.
Two jet skiers spotted the suitcase in the water about 2.5 kilometres from shore around 11:20 a.m.
They towed it to the foot of the Scarborough Bluffs and called police.
Blaine Reardon was sitting on the beach when they pulled it in.
“It was a big black suitcase, about 4 feet long…with wheels on it. The suitcase was very heavy,” he said.
Det. Leslie Dunkley would only say it was being treated as a “suspicious death” and that more details would be available after an autopsy scheduled for Thursday morning was completed.
“We can’t speculate at this time on who the body belongs to,” he said.
“We can’t tell whether it’s male or female.”
Dunkley said Toronto police have been in contact with Peel police concerning a possible link to the murder and dismemberment of Guang Hua Liu of Scarborough whose body parts were found scattered in Toronto and Mississauga earlier this month.
Some of Liu’s body parts, including her head and several limbs, were found in Toronto-area waterways, but her torso has never been found.
“We’ve been in touch with Peel region police but until we get the results from the post-mortem examination, we can’t determine if it’s (Liu’s remains),” he said.
In a separate case, tourists on the Maid of the Mist spotted a headless and limbless torso in the lower Niagara River near the Rainbow Bridge last Wednesday. An autopsy revealed it belongs to a Caucasian woman believed to be between 31-55 years old.
She has not yet been identified.