Toronto cops ID body parts victim 0
Police identify Guang Hua Liu, 41, of Scarborough, as the victim of the body parts case. (DAVE ABEL/QMI AGENCY)
TORONTO - The woman whose body parts were found in Toronto and west of the city has been identified as a missing mother of three and a massage parlour owner from China.
Police said the victim is Guang Hua Liu, 41, a mother of two young children and an adult child. She was last seen Aug. 10 "in the company of friends."
Liu, a Canadian citizen of Chinese descent, is the registered owner of a spa in Toronto.
Peel police Insp. George Koekkoek said her death is considered a homicide. He said there are "still remains outstanding," though he wouldn't specify which parts are unaccounted for.
"We have no reason to believe this is anything but an isolated case," Insp. George Koekkoek said Tuesday, offering assurances there is no reason for other women to be concerned.
Liu was reported missing to Toronto Police by a friend Aug. 11 and was last seen a day earlier when she was dropped off at her spa.
A woman's foot was found Wednesday in Hewick Meadows Park in Mississauga. Her head was found a kilometere away on Thursday and two hands were found Friday.
Over the weekend, an arm, calves and thigh were discovered by Toronto Police along Highland Creek in Scarborough, on the east end of the city.
Canada Border Services Agency officials said Liu moved to Canada from China a number of years ago.
Koekkoek said Liu's eldest child is an adult and her two younger kids are currently staying with their father, whom she had divorced.
Investigators are also seeking assistance from members of the Asian community who knew Liu or her kids.
"We are appealing for community members who have information on the victim," Peel Const. Erin Cooper said. "We are interested in any sort of information that they may have."
Detectives are also trying to recreate Liu's final days and compiling a list of clients who attended the Forget Me Not spa, which she operated for several months, to determine if her job as a masseur is connected to the heinous slaying.
"Our information thus far is that it was closed in May but she still had possession of the business," Koekkoek said.
Liu, the registered owner and a licenced masseuse, had paid her rent through August.
Investigators are trying to determine if she made any enemies while operating the spa and they plan to interview any former clients.
-- With files by Tom Godfrey