Seventh victim found after suspected Canadian serial killer 'targeted gay men'


Cops say they were reluctant to release the photo - of a dark-skinned man in his early 40s - but had run out of options in identifying him.

Homicide Detective Sergeant Hank Idsinga will update the media.

In a press conference Monday, Toronto Police Detective Hank Idsinga released a photograph of an unidentified deceased male and asked for anyone with information about his identity to come forward.

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

Investigators didn't initially realize they had seven sets of remains in their possession, he said.

More than 20 planters were removed from properties across the Greater Toronto Area since police arrested McArthur in January but dismembered remains were only found in planters removed from the home on Mallory Crescent.

Dr. Michael Pollanen, Chief Forensic Pathologist for the Province of Ontario, said the causes of death are pending further studies.

The seventh set of remains found in the planters could bring the total number of victims to 10.

Bruce McArthur's alleged victims (clockwise from top left) Selim Esen, Skandaraj "Skanda" Navaratnam, Andrew Kinsman, Majeed "Hamid" Kayhan, Dean Lisowick and Soroush Mahmudi.

Toronto is reeling from allegations that McArthur systematically targeted men in the gay community. That was also the case with other alleged victims of McArthur.

Last month investigators confirmed that the remains of Kinsman, Mahmoudi and Navaratnam along with the remains of three unidentified men found in tubs for flowers on a plot of Mallory Crescent, where MacArthur kept the equipment for improvement of gardens.

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

As forensics teams continue to try to identify the remains, Idsinga said police have "just begun" going through historical cold cases to see if there are any links to McArthur.

Police believe the man in the photo was a victim of McArthur, 66, who is already charged with six counts of first-degree murder in connection to the other bodies found. He was accused of murdering several people and burying their remains inside large planters on the properties where he worked, according to The Guardian.

As the Toronto Sun first reported, McArthur allegedly had a penchant for keeping twisted trophies of his alleged conquests.

Police are not sure how many more victims will be discovered.

His case is due back in court March 14. Police believe McArthur met his victims in the area and through dating apps.

Police made a grisly discovery in a quiet neighborhood in Toronto, Canada that would lead to the arrest of an alleged serial killer landscaper.


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