|The Conservative Party headquarters in Ottawa Canada|
A cut off human foot was sent to the headquarters of the Conservative Party of Canada, while other body parts were discovered when police intercepted a suspicious package at another location, Canada Police said Tuesday.
Police were called shortly after a receptionist opened a box that was soaked in blood at the party headquarters of Prime Minister Stephen Harper. The first officers to arrive, saw what appeared to be blood stains on the package and immediately called in a special hazardous materials unit. When experts opened the package, police found a severed foot inside.
Police said the package was addressed to the Conservative Party of Canada and not to a specific person. Harper's office is not located at the party headquarters.
As the investigation developed, police in Ottawa said late Tuesday that it had intercepted a second package suspected to contain another body part.
Police released no other details about the second finding, and said that police continue to investigate this serious crime.
The horror was not limited to Ottawa. Ottawa Police were consulting with their counterparts in Montreal after the discovery of a severed torso in a suitcase. Montreal Police sifted through a pile of garbage at the west end of town to see if they could match the missing body parts. Authorities in both cities are trying to determine whether there might be a link with the foot sent by mail to the Conservative Party headquarters.
Ottawa police said it was too early to speculate on a link.
A conservative member of parliament, which later appeared at the headquarters of his party, was shocked by the discovery.
"It's horrible," Brad Trost, who first learned of the incident from television reports, said.
"I do not think any of us are thinking that this necessarily has anything to do with politics," he said.
A Conservative Party spokesman said only that a suspicious package was sent to the office before referring all questions to Ottawa Police.