Bruce McArthur now charged with seven counts of murder — NewsAlert

Bruce McArthur now charged with seven counts of murder — NewsAlert

In this artist's sketch, alleged serial killer Bruce McArthur makes an appearance via video in a Toronto courtroom on Wednesday, April 11, 2018.

The 66-year-old landscaper has been charged with the first-degree murder of six men with connections to the city's LGBTQ community.

Police will provide an update to the public this afternoon, where they are expected to announce that they have identified additional remains unearthed from planters that were used by Mr. McArthur in his landscaping business.

On January 29, officials revealed that McArthur was charged with three more counts of first-degree murder related to the deaths of Dean Lisowick, Majeed Kayhan and Soroush Mahmudi.

According to a source with knowledge of the probe, McArthur will face a seventh murder charge.

Police set up a task force, Project Houston, in 2012 after Skandaraj Navaratnam, Majeed Kayhan and Faizi, an Afghan who immigrated to Canada from Iran, went missing.

It also comes one month after police took the rare step of releasing a photograph of a deceased man who investigators alleged was a victim of McArthur's. It closed after 18 months as it did not establish the whereabouts of the missing men or resolve the circumstances on their disappearances, police said.

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Idsinga said investigators needed to identify the man so they could pursue "possibles" with hopes that DNA or dental records would match up with found remains. The remains of all but Kayhan have been identified among those recovered from the planters at the Leaside home.

The 44-year-old Brampton man vanished in December 2010 and his vehicle was later found on Moore Ave - near Mount Pleasant Rd. and St. Clair Ave. E.

Lisowick, a homeless prostitute who struggled with drugs hadn't even been reported missing when police announced he was one of victims.

Idsinga said Faisi, who was 42 when he disappeared on December 29, 2010, was one of the three men whose disappearances were linked through Project Houston, a task force launched by Toronto police in 2012, to look into the disappearances of the three men from Toronto's Gay Village.

The investigative team is now reviewing 15 homicide cold cases from 1975 to 1997, he said.

"We've quite frankly never seen anything like it", Idsinga said.

The following year, McArthur is alleged to have killed Kinsman and Esen; police allege he killed Lisowick between April 2016 and March 2017.

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