Bodies found in planters; landscaper called a serial killer

A suspected serial killer has been charged with three more killings by Toronto police after human remains were found in gardens the accused had worked in.

"We do believe there are more, and I have no idea how many more there are going to be", Idsinga said.

Bruce McArthur was charged earlier this month with the murders of Selim Esen, 44, and Andrew Kinsman, 49, who were both reported missing from Toronto's gay village area at different times past year. Police say McArthur is believed to have killed three men identified as Majeed Kayhan, Soroush Marmudi and Dean Lisowick.

Toronto police have also recovered three dismembered bodies hidden in large planters from a Leaside property where McArthur stored landscaping equipment; they are conducting DNA tests in an attempt to identify the victims.

The alleged killer has "taken some steps to cover his tracks", said Mr Idsinga.

October 2012 - Majeed Kayhan, 58, of Toronto, is reported missing.

The 49-year-old Toronto man was a subject of Project Prism, and police said that he had a sexual relationship with McArthur.

The deaths are tied to a series of missing-persons cases in Toronto's gay village.

"No evidence was found which would classify anyone as a suspect in any criminal offence relating to the disappearances", Idsinga said of that investigation Monday.

Idsinga said Lisowick was an occupant of the shelter system who had not been reported missing. All three were known to spend time in the Village.

Amid fears over the summer that police weren't taking these cases seriously, Richmond said the investigation into Kinsman's disappearance was in the process of "ramping up", and police were getting set to conduct another search of his apartment.

Mahmudi was reported missing by his family in Scarborough in August 2015. He said the search for victims of McArthur has spread around the City and that the nature of the victims extends beyond the gay community.

CBC Toronto has discovered McArthur was romantically linked to one other man who went missing in 2010.

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

January 17, 2018 - Police uncover evidence suggesting McArthur was responsible for both Kinsman and Esen's deaths, along with the deaths of other unidentified people.

Anyone who owns property that McArthur worked on as a landscaper is urged to contact investigators at 416-808-2021.

  • Rogelio Becker