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article imageOrganized crime linked to body found in Lake Ontario Special

By KJ Mullins     May 25, 2010 in Crime
Toronto - Quang Lu, 47, was known to the police and speculated to be connected to organized crime. His life ended in 2007. His body was located this weekend at the bottom of Lake Ontario in a cement encased barrel.
In 2007 Lu was living in Thornhill, Ontario as a divorced father of one. He split his time between Canada and China. In November of that year he vanished without a trace.
On Sunday a tip led Toronto Police to Lake Ontario searching for a barrel in the waters near 125 Queen's Quay East. As the barrel came out of the water questions flew to whose body had been resting at the bottom of the lake. At a police press conference it was revealed that the body in the barrel was Quang Lu.
"Mr. Lu traveled frequently between Canada and China, he returned on October 26, 2007 from such a trip and went missing shortly after that," lead Detective Justin Vander Heyden stated. "We received information the morning of the recovery, it was very specific and the marine unit was looking for that barrel and that place."
At the time of Lu's disappearance the area where he was found was a parking lot with easy access to the lake. The barrel was found close to the edge of the lake.
On Tuesday Lu's next of kin were notified after fingerprint analysis confirmed his identity. His body being encased in cement is a positive lead for police. A body encased in cement remains preserved allowing forensic work to be conducted in a quicker manner.
The Toronto Police are now in receipt of the multiple materials that York Regional Police had prepared on Quang Lu while he was considered a missing person. The reports will take weeks to go through. At this point the Toronto Police will be working with the York Police, but the case is in the hands of Toronto homicide detectives.
When Lu went missing so did his car, a 2004 silver BMW. The car has yet to be found and is a major focus of the investigation, said Vander Heyden. The car could be in the lake but that is not known. The detective stressed that it could be anywhere.
"We didn't know what we were going to find when we opened the barrel," Vander Heyden said commenting that the remains were well preserved. At this time police are not saying if the body was intact or in pieces.
When asked, Vander Heyden said, "I believe that the barrel has been there since the disappearance."
The cause of death has not yet been determined.
What is known is that Lu was associated to Asian organized crime but he was not wanted by the police at the time of his disappearance.
"Given that Mr. Lu was living a high-risk life style at this point we would be foolish to say that we are not entertaining a crime organization angle to this," Vander Heyden said. "We are diligently keeping an open mind in who may have done this to him. Given his associations I don't believe that Mr Lu had a normal job as you and I might describe it, beyond that I can't tell you what he did for an income."
At this time there is no one in custody in connection to Lu's death.
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