Police news event to update serial killings investigation

The source spoke on the condition of anonymity because they weren't authorized to release information ahead of a news conference set for 10:30 a.m. Monday.

Det. Sgt. Hank Idsinga said the latest unidentified remains were recovered from a planter at a Toronto property where the remains of six other people had been found. It is unknown if they are linked to any of the missing men from earlier police investigations, or if they belong to the man in the photo released Monday.

CSU has taken the unusual step of unveiling the photo of the unknown deceased person, who, according to investigators, was one of the victims of a serial killer Bruce MacArthur.

Because tests using dental records and fingerprints were unsuccessful, investigators are now attempting to identify the remains using DNA.

McArthur, a large man who is believed to have once worked as a mall Santa in recent Christmas seasons, was arrested on January 18 in his high-rise Toronto apartment, now considered a homicide scene by police. But so far only 3 people have been identified from the remains found, leaving 4 sets of remains unidentified, a extensive process in this case.

Police also released the photo of a man take posthumously in an effort to identify the alleged victim. They are Selim Esen, 44, Majeed Kayhan, 58, and Dean Lisowick, 43 or 44.

On Feb. 23, McArthur was charged with first-degree murder in the death of Navaratnam.

The 66-year-old self-employed landscaper is charged with first-degree murder in the deaths of six men who had disappeared from or had ties to Toronto's gay village.

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

Investigators have identified three sets of remains so far - 49-year-old Andrew Kinsman, 50-year-old Soroush Mahmudi and 40-year-old Skandaraj Navaratnam.

Investigators also believe there could be more victims.

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. Police believe McArthur met his victims in the area and through dating apps. Police said they plan to return to the sites with cadaver sniffer dogs to comb for more possible remains once the frozen ground thaws.

The human remains, discovered in planters on a property connected to McArthur, were all dismembered body parts in various stages of decomposition, Idsinga said.

Local LGBTQ organizations, including the The Alliance for South Asian AIDS Prevention, a wellness program in Toronto, condemned the law enforcement community and implied bigotry prevented them from solving this case efficiently.

McArthur is due back in court on March 14.

  • Stacy Allen