Bruce McArthur now charged with murders of six men: Toronto police

24 February, 2018, 04:55 | Author: Gregory Stephens
  • Bruce McArthur 66 has been charged with five counts of first-degree murder in the disappearances of Andrew Kinsman Selim Esen Majeed Kayhan Soroush Mahmudi and Dean Lisowick

Det. -Sgt. Hank Idsinga will be holding a news conference at police headquarters at 10:45 a.m.

Police identified the sixth suspected victim as Skandaraj Navaratnam, who disappeared in Toronto on Labour Day weekend in 2010.

Police also announced the identification of the remains of Soroush Mahmudi, a 50-year-old who was reported missing in 2015.

"Skanda Navaratnam was one of the three males who were the focus of Project Houston", Idsinga said, referring to a police task force initiated in 2012 after Navaratnam and two others, Abdulbasir Faizi, 42, and Majeed Kayhan, 59, vanished.

Idsinga said DNA analyses on the remains of three other people found in the planters are ongoing. "There's hundreds of outstanding missing persons occurrences that we're looking at".

McArthur, a self-employed landscaper, was arrested and charged with the first-degree murder of Selim Esen and Andrew Kinsman on January 18, following a months-long probe into missing persons cases of missing men from the city's Church-Wellesley Village. He also said police believe they are working with multiple murder scenes.


Meanwhile, police are now investigating what they believe is a murder scene in McArthur's apartment on the 19th floor of his building at 95 Thorncliffe Park Dr.

May 2016 - July 2017 - Police believe Dean Lisowick, 43 or 44, of no fixed address, was killed by McArthur during this time span.

February 13, 2018 - Police say excavation at the home's backyard turned up no human remains, but suggest they may "revisit the scene" when the weather warms up.

"It brings them some peace and some closure", he said.

Police have identified at least 30 properties where McArthur performed work as part of his landscaping business, and are planning excavations on at least two of those.

Police excavated a drain in front of a house linked to McArthur on February 13 and have been searching other properties linked to him.

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