Publicado: Mar, Enero 30, 2018
Global | Por Milagro Delgado

Toronto police suspect serial killer as dismembered bodies are found in planters

Toronto police suspect serial killer as dismembered bodies are found in planters

He said the remains were recovered from large planters at a residence McArthur is known to have used for storage.

Officers in the Canadian city believe more victims could be found after charges were brought against landscape gardener Bruce McArthur.

Detective Sgt. Hank Idsinga told reporters Monday that McArthur is being charged with three additional counts of first-degree murder in relation to the deaths of Majeed Kayhan, Soroush Marmudi and Dean Lisowisk.

Police say they recovered the remains of three individuals from a home on Mallory Crescent, but the remains have not been identified.

"Obviously, the city of Toronto has never seen anything like this. I have no idea how many more there are going to be", Idsinga said.

The first-degree murder charges against McArthur have not been tested in court.

Idsinga encouraged any homeowners who hired McArthur to do landscaping work over the years to reach out to police.

McArthur, 66, was arrested and charged January 18 in the presumed deaths of Selim Esen, 44, and 49-year-old Andrew Kinsman.

Investigators have also seized other planters to go through them and have identified at least two other sites to be excavated.

"No evidence was found which would classify anyone as a suspect in any criminal offence relating to the disappearances", Idsinga said of that investigation Monday.

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Police say Kayhan went missing in October 2012 and Mahmudi in August 2015.

While some of McArthur's victims are reportedly of Middle Eastern descent and/or members of the LGBT community, police said that not all of the victims fit the same profile.

'It is unprecedented and draining.

"He's taken some steps to cover his tracks and we have to uncover these victims", Idsinga added.

"The city of Toronto has never seen anything like this", he said. He was never reported missing, but police say they believe he was murdered between May 2016 and July 2017.

Police had initially shut down persistent rumours that a serial killer was prowling the gay village, stressing that as recently as December, they did not know whether Esen's and Kinsman's disappearances were linked or if the men were still alive.

April 14, 2017 - Selim Esen, 44, is reported missing from the area of Toronto's Yonge and Bloor streets.

Kinsman was reported missing by a neighbor on June 28, 2017. "We have contacted owners of these properties and have conducted searches at the majority of them", he said.

The investigation is still active and police hope to speak with any homeowners on whose properties McArthur may have worked.

Police have interviewed McArthur, whom they said became a person of interest last September, but refused to comment on what he might have told them.

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