Single mom of three is victim in body-parts case
Joshua Freeman and Chris Kitching, cp24.com
Published Tuesday, August 21, 2012 7:22AM EDT
Last Updated Wednesday, August 22, 2012 10:13AM EDT
A missing person notice still hangs outside Hua Guang Liu’s health spa on Eglinton Avenue East near Midland Avenue. It asks for information about the missing owner who disappeared there Aug. 10 after being dropped off by friends.
Tuesday police revealed they know some things about what happened to Liu, a single mom of three; she is the victim of a gruesome crime that has shocked the GTA.
Police identified Liu, 41, as the victim whose body parts have been found in parks in Mississauga and Scarborough over the past week.
She went missing Aug. 10 after being dropped off by friends near her business and was last spotted in the Kennedy Road and Huntingwood Road area. She was reported missing by those friends a day later.
According to City of Toronto records, Liu was a licensed holistic practitioner and body rubber. She was also listed as sole owner of Forget-Me-Not Health Care, a spa at 2466 Eglinton Ave. E. just seven kilometres from the Scarborough park where her arms and parts of her legs were found on the weekend.
Police began investigating Aug. 15 after a hiker found a foot in the Credit River. That discovery was followed by a head and hands in Mississauga’s Hewick Meadows Park. Then on the weekend a thigh, two calves and an arm were found near a creek in Scarborough.
At a noon press conference Tuesday, police confirmed the parts found in the two areas came from the same victim. They also said they are treating the investigation as a homicide and believe it is an isolated incident. The cause of death has not been determined.
Police said Liu’s two younger children are now with their father.
Police search hotel room
On Monday, police searched a hotel room near the creek where Liu’s remains were discovered in Scarborough over the weekend.
Police tape was put up at the Scarborough Inn, where forensics investigators searched one of the hotel rooms.
The inn's owner told CTV News the search has something to do with "body parts,” but police would not confirm that information.
The hotel owner said police asked him about someone who checked into the room Saturday, the day human remains were found in the West Highland Creek, near Kennedy Road and Sheppard Avenue East and not far from the hotel.
Police said Tuesday Liu’s home and business had already been searched as well.
Anyone with information is asked to call the Peel police at 905-453-2121 ext. 3205, or anonymously via Peel Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).
With files from CTV Toronto's Ashley Rowe
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