Seventh victim found after suspected Canadian serial killer 'targeted gay men'

Alleged mcarthur victims

Last month, police confirmed that the remains of Kinsman, Mahmudi, and Navaratnam were found along with the remains of three not yet identified people in garden planters on a property on Mallory Crescent where McArthur stored items for his landscaping business.

Police say they have not linked the new remains found to the just released photographed.

At the same news conference, officials announced that a seventh set of remains were found at the same home where the other six prior bodies were located.

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.

He would not say how or where police obtained the photo.

Idsinga said the photo was released after police exhausted all other avenues to identify the man.

"As I have stated before, these remains are of individuals who have been dismembered", said Idsinga. "He looks like Santa Claus".

Numerous other alleged victims have been darker skinned and of South Asian or Middle Eastern descent who frequented the "Gay Village" area of Toronto.

Police began combing through the sites where the self-employed landscaper had worked, eventually finding the dismembered remains of seven people in planters on a property in the north-east part of the city.

Investigators have not said if they believe the four sets of unidentified remains belong to Esen, Kayhan, or Lisowick.

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McArthur, a 66-year-old landscaper, has been charged with six counts of first-degree murder in connection with the deaths of Skandaraj "Skanda" Navaratnam, Andrew Kinsman, Selim Esen, Majeed Kayhan, Soroush Mahmudi, and Dean Lisowick.

"I do not want to release this picture and am doing so as a last resort".

Michael Pollanen, Ontario's chief forensic pathologist, called the McArthur case a "unique investigation in the history of our organization", and pointed to a number of challenges that have impeded progress.

Detectives are looking at numerous unsolved missing persons cases in the area to see if they could be connected to McArthur. His case is due back in court March 14.

Police said there was still much more to do.

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.

The earliest murder charge laid against McArthur dates back to 2010, sparking questions as to how his alleged actions escaped notice for years.

Reported missing by his family in Scarborough in August 2015.

Police believe he was murdered between May 2016 and July 2017.

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