Toronto police to announce 7th murder charge against Bruce McArthur

Hannah Rogers
April 12, 2018

Alleged serial killer Bruce McArthur is now facing a seventh premeditated murder charge while the investigative team is combing through cold cases from mid-1970s to late 1990s in search other potential cases connected to the 66-year-old Toronto landscaper, Toronto police said Wednesday.

The 66-year-old landscaper appeared by video in a Toronto courtroom this morning, where the new charge was announced.

Since McArthur's arrest in January, police have found the remains of at least seven people in planters on a Leaside property where McArthur used to work. McArthur had already been charged with the murders of Esen and Lisowick.

Police have recovered the remains of seven people and have thus far identified three men: Andrew Kinsman, 49, Soroush Mahmudi, 50, and Skandaraj Navaratnam, 40. At Wednesday, authorities were hoping to identify a few of this human remains located in plantations in a Toronto property McArthur employed as storage because of his landscaping firm, as stated by the Associated Press.

Police are hoping to link the unidentified remains to the dead man in the photo, but are also looking for additional tips, he said.

Police officers suggested he had just left, the relative said.

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In addition to the ongoing homicide investigation, there are a number of other related probes, including an internal investigation that a source says is related to a previous police interview of McArthur. Sgt. Hank Idsinga said they have now identified three more as belonging to Selim Esen, Dean Lisowick, and Abdulbasir Faizi.

Faizi's vehicle was found a short distance from the house McArthur used as storage.

FILE - This undated file photo released by Toronto police shows Abdulbasir Faizi, an Afghan who immigrated to Canada from Iran.

Police previously seized planters from houses McArthur worked at from around Toronto but found no remains in those planters.

Faizi was one of the men sought in the Toronto Police Service's Project Houston, which was launched in 2012 to investigate the disappearances of three men from Toronto's gay village. He was reported missing to Peel Region police the next day. McArthur popped up on the police radar in the fall of 2017 as part of Project Prism.

Since his arrest, questions have been mounting about past interactions between McArthur and police, following revelations that police questioned him in 2016 in connection to an alleged assault on another man but was let go.

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