Alleged serial killer in court

Alleged serial killer in court

Prosecutors in Canada have charged alleged serial killer Bruce McArthur with a seventh murder involving a missing man whose family initially thought he had abandoned his wife and two daughters.

Police have been trying to identify the remains of several men found at a property McArthur used as storage for his landscaping business.

Toronto police are expected to reveal "substantial" developments in their investigation on Wednesday afternoon.

McArthur, a self-employed landscaper, was arrested on January 18 and has been charged in the deaths of Selim Esen, Skandaraj "Skanda" Navaratnam, Andrew Kinsman, Majeed Kayhan, Soroush Mahmudi and Dean Lisowick.

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Later that month, Mr. McArthur was charged with the first-degree murder of Majeed Kayhan, Soroush Mahmudi, and Dean Lisowick. It closed after 18 months as it did not establish the whereabouts of the missing men or resolve the circumstances on their disappearances, police said.

Idsinga said the sprawling investigation is now scrutinizing 15 unsolved homicides that took place between 1975 and 1997. 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.

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

Bruce McArthur, directly, Is Currently facing a murder charge in relation to the departure of Abdulbasir Faizi, left. She said his vehicle was discovered six days later just around the corner from a house where human remains were recovered in planters in midtown Toronto.

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Lisowick, a homeless prostitute who struggled with drugs hadn't even been reported missing when police announced he was one of victims.

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.

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.

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. McArthur popped up on the police radar in the fall of 2017 as part of Project Prism.

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