Bruce McArthur now charged with seven counts of murder — NewsAlert

Bruce McArthur

Police say they've identified the remains of three more people believed to be victims of alleged serial killer Bruce McArthur.

McArthur, wearing an orange prison jump suit, appeared by video in a Toronto courtroom Wednesday morning to be charged with first-degree murder in the case of Abdulbasir Faizi, an Afghan immigrant who went missing in 2010.

Officers recovered the remains of seven people from planters around a midtown Toronto home where McArthur worked.

Further details are expected at a police news conference scheduled for this afternoon.

Investigators have identified six sets of remains so far - 49-year-old Andrew Kinsman, 50-year-old Soroush Mahmudi, 40-year-old Skandaraj Navaratnam and now 44-year-old Esen, 42-year-old Faizi and 42-year-old Lisowick. He's also been charged in the killings of Selim Esen, " Majeed Kayhan and Dean Lisowick.

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McCarthur was charged with a sixth count of first-degree murder on February 23 for the death of Skandaraj Navaratnam, 40, who hadn't been seen since September 2010.

Det. -Sgt Hank Idsinga, the lead investigator, told reporters the image was just one in a cache of photographs of alleged victims that McArthur kept on his computer.

Last month Homicide detectives released a photo of an eighth potential victim in an effort to identify the unknown man.

His vehicle, a 2002 Nissan Sentra, was found abandoned on Moore Ave., near St. Clair Ave. and Mount Pleasant Rd. - a short drive from where McArthur worked as a landscaper.

Idsinga said they are looking into another 15 other cold cases dating back to the 1975 but have not found a connection. They say he targeted men he met through dating apps that cater to gay men, meeting them at bars in the Gay Village area of Toronto, as well as male prostitutes. He was reported missing to Peel Region police the next day.

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The city's police board has also approved an external review, requested by Mayor John Tory, that will look into how the force handled the cases of men missing from the gay village.

He has been in custody since his arrest in January.

Idsinga said it's quite possible that the victim was not a resident of Toronto and that police were hoping to get tips to the man's identity from other countries as well.

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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