Published: Tue, March 06, 2018

Toronto police to update investigation of accused serial killer

Toronto police to update investigation of accused serial killer

Toronto police announced Monday that they discovered a seventh set of human remains in planters connected to an alleged serial killer.

Bruce McArthur, 66, was arrested in January following an investigation into the disappearances of two men from a predominantly gay neighbourhood in downtown Toronto past year, which led police to the planters at a property that he used for storage.

Idsinga says they are still working to identify four of the remains.

"At this time, the cause of deaths are pending further studies", Mr Pollanen said.

Det-Sgt. Hank Idsinga said 'I wish we had that evidence in 2013.

Det. Sgt. Hank Idsinga said investigators believe the man was dead when the picture was taken, but refused to say when or how they obtained the photograph.

December 8, 2017 _ Police Chief Mark Saunders says the force will review its practices in missing persons investigations.

"I do not want to release this picture and am doing so as a last resort", said Idsinga. "It's obviously a key piece of evidence that we have that we're releasing, but we do feel that by releasing it hopefully we can identify him and close off that area of investigation".

McArthur was arrested and charged with the first-degree murder of Esen and Kinsman on January 18.

Navaratnam, who CBC News reported in January had a romantic history with McArthur dating back to the early 2000s, was last seen leaving a night club in September 2010, and was reported missing by a friend 10 days later.

Dozens of officers have now been assigned to the investigation, which Idsinga has said has expanded to include "hundreds of outstanding missing person cases", old murders and some "sudden deaths".

Three of the six sets of remains have now been identified using fingerprint analysis and dental records, Idsinga said, adding other confirmed victims are 49-year-old Andrew Kinsman and 50-year-old Soroush Mahmudi.

McArthur, who once worked as a mall Santa Claus, has pleaded not guilty to the six counts of murder and is due back in court on March 14.

ORIGINAL: 5:30 a.m.

According to The Canadian Press, Toronto police have recovered a seventh set of remains linked to the alleged serial killer.

The Mallory Crescent property where the self-employed landscaper worked and stored his tools has been ground zero for the investigation, with at least six other sets of remains found in planters there.

At a news conference Monday, law enforcement officials released the photo and asked anyone who recognizes the picture to contact them as soon as possible.

McArthur is charged with first-degree murder in connection with the deaths, and the presumed deaths of Andrew Kinsman, 49, Soroush Mahmudi, 50, Skandaraj Navaratnam, 40, Selim Esen, 44, Majeed Kayhan, 58, and Dean Lisowick, either 43 or 44.

August 2017 _ Police launch Project Prism to investigate the disappearances of Esen and Kinsman.

So far, it appears all of the remains have been found at the property on Mallory Crescent.

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