Miami cold-case could be linked to Canada's cannibal

Omar Laparra's body parts washed ashore in 2009

Published On: Jun 09 2012 12:02:28 PM EDT   Updated On: Jun 10 2012 08:19:56 PM EDT
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MIAMI -

The Miami Police Department is reportedly searching for a link between Luka Rocco Magnotta, the so-called cannibal killer who was recently arrested in Berlin, and an unsolved, gruesome murder from 2009.

Magnotta, who was arrested following an international manhunt, is the prime suspect in the death and dismemberment of Concordia University student Jun Lin, 33.

On Friday it was also revealed that Magnotta had been linked to a second killing.  The dismembered head, hands and feet of Hervey Medellin, 66, were discovered beneath the iconic Hollywood sign in Los Angeles in January.  Police say Magnotta is believed to have been in the city at that time.

Now the Canadian Press is reporting that the Miami Police Department is the latest force searching for ties between Magnotta and the death of Guatemalan national Omar Laparra.

Local 10 put a call into the Miami Police Department and is waiting to hear back.

Laparra, 21, was last seen alive on May 31, 2009.  Police said he was at a private party above a Mexican restaurant on Calle Ocho in Little Havana. Laparra's friends told police he was sitting at a table with a blonde woman.

Several day's later Laparra's body began washing ashore in pieces. Bags of body parts and bloody clothes were floating in the water from Pelican Harbor up to Pompano Beach.

It's still unclear if Laparra was alive when he was dismembered.  Detectives have still never said how he died.

A picture purportedly showing Magnotta in a luxury car in Miami has surfaced online. It claims to have been taken in 2010, a year after Laparra's disappearance.

Police say Magnotta is known to use several disguises, even sometimes dressing as a woman.

Magnotta remains imprisoned in Germany where he awaits extradition to Canada.  He will face several charges including first-degree murder.