Toronto Cops: 7th Victim of Alleged Gay Village Serial Killer Found

by Steven Clarke March 7, 2018, 7:22
Toronto Cops: 7th Victim of Alleged Gay Village Serial Killer Found

It says this news will be "one of a host of details to be announced by police at a news conference Monday morning".

The media briefing will be conducted by Homicide Detective Sergeant Hank Idsinga and Dr. Michael Pollanen, Chief Forensic Pathologist for the Province of Ontario.

In a press conference Monday, Toronto Police Detective Hank Idsinga released a photograph of an unidentified deceased male and asked for anyone with information about his identity to come forward. The remains have not been identified, and Idsinga made it clear they have not been linked to the unidentified man in the photograph.

The other three victims have not been officially identified but are presumed dead, the outlet reports.

Bruce McArthur, 66, was arrested in January following an investigation into the disappearances of two men from a predominantly gay neighborhood in downtown Toronto a year ago, which led police to the planters at a property that he used for storage.

Idsinga said the image - which he described as a "key piece of evidence" - is believed to have been taken after his death, but would not comment on its origin.

Idsinga also confirmed that a seventh set of remains were found by investigators at a midtown Toronto home where McArthur worked as a landscaper.

The revelation comes just one day after investigators took what they called the rare step of releasing the photo in the hopes that a member of the public could identify the middle-aged bearded man. 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. As per his sentence, McArthur was ordered to stay away from the part of Toronto that included the Gay Village.

A picture of an what investigators believe is an unidentified victim was also released.

Police stand guard at a house on Mallory Crescent in Toronto on Tuesday, January 30, 2018.

Some of the investigators have been working on the case since Project Houston, a task force launched by Toronto police in 2012, to look into the disappearances of three men from Toronto's Gay Village.

He said the forensic work has been challenging as they examine dismembered remains that were in various stages of decomposition when found in the planters.

He added that the profile of McArthur's alleged victims "changed over recent years".

As forensics teams continue to try to identify the remains, Idsinga said police have "just begun" going through historical cold cases to see if there are any links to McArthur.

McArthur was expected to appear in court again March 14. McArthur is being held at the Toronto South Detention Centre.

And on the accused serial killer's computers, photos of his suspected victims were discovered on the hard drive.

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