McArthur charged with sixth case of first-degree murder

Bruce McArthur
Toronto police update expected on investigation into accused serial killer Bruce McArthur
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24 February, 2018

The 66-year-old McArthur is already facing murder charges in the deaths of Mahmudi and Kinsman.

Police identified the sixth suspected victim as Skandaraj Navaratnam, who disappeared in Toronto on Labour Day weekend in 2010.

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. Police say they have yet to confirm the identity of the other remains found.

Homicide Det. Sgt Hank Idsinga had been saying he expected to lay more charges since early February when a probe of an east-end house where McArthur worked as a landscaper and stored his equipment led to the discovery of the body parts of six people buried in planters.

"There's even some ... occurrences where there's been a sudden death that we're looking at", he said. It is believed he was murdered between May 2016 and July 2017.

"I have no evidence that would tell me that anybody else was involved in this", he said.

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Police call McArthur an alleged serial killer and say more victims may be identified. He did announce that the force would review its practices in missing persons investigations. About two weeks later, police laid three more first-degree murder charges related to the disappearances of Kayhan and Mahmudi, as well as the death of Lisowick who had never been reported missing.

That brings the number of men McArthur is accused of killing to six. He said he expects that in warmer weather, they will return to the property at 53 Mallory Crescent to look for further remains on or in the thawed ground.

When asked how the two latest victims were identified, Idsinga said they used dental records.

He is scheduled to appear in a Toronto court on February 28.

Police are also looking at two other properties in the city, and have reached out to police forces overseas, where McArthur may have travelled, for help.


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