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'Canadian Psycho' may have taken Paris bus

2012-06-04 17:43

Paris - French police said on Monday they were checking whether the murder suspect dubbed the "Canadian Psycho" may have fled Paris for other parts of France or Europe through an international bus station.

A source close to the investigation said police were investigating whether Luka Rocco Magnotta, a 29-year-old former Canadian gay porn star suspected of killing and filming the dismemberment of his boyfriend, fled via the station in the Parisian suburb of Bagnolet, where he was traced to during the weekend.

An employee at Eurolines, which operates buses travelling throughout France and Europe from the station, confirmed to AFP that police had visited the station.

"We are not authorised to ask for identification documents for a trip in Europe, except to England. If he was registered under a false identity and paid in cash, it will be like looking for a needle in a haystack," said the employee, who spoke on condition of anonymity.

The station is equipped with surveillance cameras but the employee was unaware if police had asked to see footage.

Eurolines management refused to comment on the matter.

Citing witnesses and material evidence, police said on Sunday they were certain that Magnotta "is or was in the Paris region and particularly in Paris since at least Friday".

With the help of Magnotta's cell phone signal, police traced him to a hotel in Bagnolet, which they visited on Saturday on a tipoff from a witness, a source close to the investigation said on Sunday.