1Second body part found after human foot mailed to Conservative Party HQ
OTTAWA — Police found a human hand at the Ottawa Postal Terminal on Tuesday
night, hours after a bloody foot was delivered to the Conservative party’s
Ottawa headquarters just blocks from Parliament Hill.
Ottawa police were still trying to understand what they were dealing with,
even as detectives in Montreal combed through a crime scene where a torso
was found in a suitcase in that city’s Snowdon district.
Police discovered the second package, sent from the same origin as the
package delivered to Tory headquarters containing the foot, Tuesday evening.
Officers carried out the second package from the huge Riverside Drive
terminal in a brown paper bag, which they X-rayed before they opened it to
find the hand.
Police said the package with the hand was not destined for the Conservative
Party of Canada, but wouldn’t say where it was to be sent. Every letter or
package sent to or from Ottawa goes through the central Ottawa terminal.
The gruesome day began shortly before noon when access to the Conservative
party’s headquarters was restricted after the fire department’s Hazmat
team was called in to investigate a suspicious package. Firefighters took
air samples in the 12th-floor office before the paramedics were allowed to
A party staffer had started to open a blood-stained box that was sent to the
office at 130 Albert St. before police were called to investigate.
At first, it was thought there was a human heart inside, but after the box
was X-rayed, police confirmed the gruesome package contained a foot.
The package was addressed to the Conservative Party of Canada and not to a
specific person, they said.
About 12 people were in the office when it was delivered, but no one was
treated by paramedics once it was determined the package didn’t contain
Police officers guarded the main doors to the offices while major crime
detectives and a coroner investigated.
Two men in white jumpsuits and masks left the building around 1:45 p.m.
pushing a large barrel. Shortly before 5:30 p.m., an Ottawa police officer
emerged from the building carrying a yellow plastic bag containing the
The Conservative party referred all inquiries to Ottawa police.
“A suspicious package was sent to our office,” was all spokesman Fred
DeLorey would say to reporters.
Around 3 p.m., Sgt. Steve Hodgson stepped into the hallway and commented on
the mood inside.
“Everybody is calm. There’s no over-reaction here,” he said.
He added that the person who opened the package was also “fine.”
There are several other offices on the 12th floor, including the Hotel
Association of Canada. The association’s executive assistant, Linda Crouch,
said police did not inform tenants about the package. Tenants were told to
remain in their offices. If they chose to leave the floor they were told
they would not be allowed to return for an undetermined amount of time.
A Tory MP who showed up later at his party’s headquarters was horrified by
“It’s just awful,” said Brad Trost, who first learned about the incident
from TV. He said it was probably someone’s “sick idea.”
“I don’t think any of us are thinking this necessarily has anything to
with politics,” he said.
Earlier Tuesday in Montreal, police were combing through garbage bags and
furniture left on a Snowdon street, looking for body parts after a janitor
discovered a human torso in a suitcase at about 10 a.m.
Mike Nadeau, 49, said he’d noticed a smell coming from the suitcase in the
past few days.
“Today I noticed flies and when I looked closer I saw maggots,” Nadeau
said. “I got a friend and we got some cutters because there was a little
lock on the suitcase. What I saw when we opened it is hard to describe.
There was no head and (the torso) was all grey.”
He said he did not believe there were any limbs attached to the torso.
Nadeau backed away from suitcase quickly and called police, he said.
Ottawa police say it’s too early to tell if the cases are connected but are
working with Montreal police.