Human remains in suitcase ID'd as Guang Hua Liu
The human torso found by boaters on Lake Ontario Wednesday has been confirmed as that of Gaung Hua Liu.
The grisly discovery could be a major break in the horrifying case which has seen parts of the 41-year-old Scarborough mother of three’s body surface across the city.
“It’s still preliminary,” said Peel Regional Police Const. Fiona Thivierge of a post-mortem exam performed Thursday. “But there is still enough there for us to believe it is Mrs. Liu.”
Boaters discovered a wheeled suitcase floating about 2.5 kilometres off-shore in Lake Ontario. They towed it in to Bluffer’s Park where they reported the incident to Toronto Police. When police opened the suitcase they discovered the badly decomposed torso.
Thivierge said as soon as Toronto police made the find, they immediately alerted Peel detectives.
“The discovery of that torso is hopefully a major thing for our department,” she said. “We are hoping that torso will lead us to understand how she came to die.”
Liu was last seen alive Aug. 10 by friends dropping her off at her business, a massage parlour called Forget Me Not on Eglinton Ave. E., just east of Kennedy Rd.
Her body parts were first discovered Aug. 15 in Hewick Meadows Park in Mississauga, near Eglinton Ave. W. and Mississauga Rd.
More remains were found over the following days, including some along West Highland Creek in Scarborough, near Kennedy and Cardwell Ave., just north of Sheppard Ave.
Chun Qi Jiang, 40, Liu’s estranged boyfriend, has been arrested and charged with second-degree murder.
But Thivierge said police still don’t know Liu’s cause of death but are hopeful that further forensic work will uncover it.
“Just because the body was found (dismembered) doesn’t automatically mean homicide” she said. “It certainly points in that direction but we are unable to confirm that until such time as the cause of death is determined.”
The forensic work will continue and could take time before the full results are known, she said.
“The investigation has to remain painstakingly slow so we don’t miss anything.”
Thivierge said the service has been in constant contact with Liu’s children.
“It’s nice closure for the family,” she said.
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