Published: Tue, March 06, 2018
Worldwide | By Victor Meyer

Police news event to update serial killings investigation

Police news event to update serial killings investigation

It says the seventh set of remains have yet to be identified and it is not yet known if they are linked to any of the missing men from earlier police investigations.

Police identified three sets of remains that were found in large planters at a home where McArthur did gardening work in Toronto as those of Kinsman, Mahmudi, Navaratnam.

Idsinga said he was releasing the image of the John Doe because they had not yet found anyone who knew him.

The source said the new unidentified remains were found in a planter at the same Toronto property where six other sets were found, also in large planters.

A source told Global News that McArthur, who police had identified as someone who may have been involved with the disappearance of Kinsman back in September 2017, was arrested after officers witnessed a man going into his Thorncliffe Park apartment on the morning of January 18.

Idsinga would not comment on how police obtained the photo or where it was taken.

"I do not want to release this picture", Toronto Detective Sergeant Hank Idsinga said Monday, according to the Toronto Star.

"I've never done this and I do it with great hesitation", he said.

Numerous other alleged victims have been darker skinned and of South Asian or Middle Eastern descent who frequented the "Gay Village" area of Toronto.

The 66-year-old self-employed landscaper is charged with first-degree murder in connection with their deaths, and the presumed deaths of Selim Esen, 44, Majeed Kayhan, 58, and Dean Lisowick, either 43 or 44.

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With the discovery of a seventh individual's remains, there are now the human remains of at least four other individuals yet to be identified.

Idsinga said they showed the picture to members of the gay community but could not identify him.

Chief Forensic Pathologist for the Province of Ontario Dr. Michael Pollanen was also on hand at the news conference.

Police have said they believe there are more victims.

Detectives are looking at numerous unsolved missing persons cases in the area to see if they could be connected to McArthur.

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. Police fear there may be even more victims yet to be uncovered.

He also said five of the six charges laid against the 66-year old are not related to the remains found.

A refugee from Sri Lanka, he was last seen leaving Zipperz, a now closed gay bar in Toronto.

Police said 50-year-old Mahmudi was reported missing in 2015 by his family in Scarborough and Kayhan went missing from the Church-Wellesley neighbourhood in 2012.

Police believe he was murdered between May 2016 and July 2017.

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