MONTREAL - MONTREAL - A human head found in a west-end Montreal park on Sunday is that of Chinese student Jun Lin, Luka Magnotta's alleged victim, police said Wednesday.
Test results confirmed the connection between the grisly weekend discovery and the body-parts case that has made international headlines.
The head had been the final missing piece of the gory puzzle as prosecutors build their case against the 29-year-old small-time sex-trade worker and wannabe reality-show star who's currently awaiting trial on first-degree murder.
The head was found on the shore of a lake in Angrignon park, a few kilometres south of Magnotta's apartment where Lin, his ex-lover, was killed in late May.
Police said they made the discovery after receiving a tip, but they won't say if the information came from Magnotta or a passerby.
"I'm not confirming anything," Montreal police spokesman Raphael Bergeron told QMI Agency on Wednesday.
"We received the information, we conducted some searches and we found the head."
Police said at the time that they had told the Lin family about the discovery, but they didn't immediately confirm a connection to the Magnotta case.
Lin's parents, sister and an uncle arrived in Montreal last month from Wuhan, in eastern China, and wanted to return to Asia with Lin's entire body for burial.
The 33-year-old was cut to pieces, his body parts mailed to the offices of Canadian political parties in Ottawa and public schools in Vancouver.
This photograph shows Luka Rocco Magnotta upon arrival from Germany on June 18, 2012 at Mirabel Airport outside Montreal. AFP/ Service de Police de la Ville de Montreal
Magnotta, born Eric Clinton Newman, is a Toronto native who was briefly considered the world's most wanted man after a janitor found Lin's torso outside Magnotta's Montreal apartment.
The case took a horrific turn when a video was posted to a gore website that shows a man tied to a bed, stabbed to death with an ice pick and dismembered.
Police say the victim in the video is Jun Lin.
Magnotta was arrested in Germany early last month after six days on the run and was extradited to Canada under heavy security.
He has chosen a jury trial and his preliminary hearing is scheduled to begin in early March 2013.