Seventh set of remains found in Bruce McArthur case, police confirm

08 March, 2018, 01:55 | Author: Brian Mcdaniel
  • Det. Sgt. Hank Idsinga displays the

Idsinga repeatedly refused to say where the photo came from during his plea for public help in identifying the man.

Detective Sgt. Hank Idsinga said he would not reveal how police came by the photo and he did not say if the man was dead or alive in the image.

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. As per his sentence, McArthur was ordered to stay away from the part of Toronto that included the Gay Village.

Forensic investigators have also identified a seventh set of remains from within the planters seized at a property in Leaside, a Toronto neighbourhood, where McArthur used to store landscaping equipment.

Idsinga says they are still working to identify four of the remains.

He said they realize how hard it might be for a relative or friend to see the picture and realize the man is deceased. "I've never done this".

'I do it with great hesitation.

"We have utilized numerous investigative techniques to identify this individual but so far has been unsuccessful".

Investigators have searched multiple properties in the Toronto area, including excavating the backyard at the home where the seven sets of remains were found. That charge followed five others in connection with the disappearances of Kinsman and Mahmudi, as well as Selim Esen, 44, Majeed Kayhan, 58, and Dean Lisowick, 47.

The remains of Navaratnam, Kinsman and Mahmudi have been identified.

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Idsinga said investigators have been in contact with global law enforcement agencies in an attempt to paint a more complete picture of McArthur's comings and goings - and possible victims.

"At this time, the cause of deaths are pending further studies", Pollanen said.

All six men had disappeared from, or had ties to, Toronto's Gay Village.

Segments of the LGBT community have questioned why police didn't do more to probe the cases of missing men of colour before the high-profile disappearance of Kinsman, well-known in the community for his decades of volunteer work with the Toronto HIV/AIDS Network.

Edward Royle, a lawyer for McArthur, has previously declined to comment on the case and didn't respond to a message seeking comment on Monday.

On Feb. 23, McArthur was charged with first-degree murder in the death of Navaratnam. Police fear there may be even more victims yet to be uncovered.

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.

Marmudi was not known to openly associate with Toronto's gay scene.

Police believe he had a sexual relationship with McArthur.


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