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12 April 2018, 12:26 | Simon Arnold
Alleged serial killer Bruce McArthur faces seventh charge of first-degree murder
Police call McArthur an alleged serial killer and say more victims may be identified.
Court documents show police allege Mr. McArthur killed Mr. Faizi on or around December 29, 2010, in Toronto.
McArthur was already charged in Navaratnam and Kayhan's murders. Police are expected to update the public at 1:30 p.m. on three aspects of the investigation. On January 18, McArthur, who is a self-employed landscaper was arrested and charged with the first-degree murder of Selim Esen and Andrew Kinsman.
Mr. McArthur, who appeared wearing an orange jumpsuit, spoke in court this morning only to say his name and acknowledge that he understood the charges against him. He also said police plan to investigate 75 properties linked to McArthur starting next month. -Sgt. Hank Idsinga had said. They've identified three sets of remains so far - those of Kinsman, Mahmudi, and Navaratnam. He said police have received hundreds of tips, but have yet to identify the man in the image.
Police have been trying to identify the remains of at least seven men found at a property McArthur used as storage for his landscaping business and 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.
Skandaraj Navaratnam, 40, disappears from Toronto's gay village. While he said there is no current evidence linking McArthur to the cold cases, he said they fit the general profile of the alleged victims identified to date.
The most recent count was laid on Wednesday, when McArthur was formally charged in the death of 42-year-old Abdulbasir Faizi.
In the wake of escalating questions about the investigations into the disappearances of the missing people from Toronto's Gay Village, the Toronto police board voted unanimously last month to commission an external investigation into how the force conducts missing-persons probes.
In August 2017, police launched Project Prism, which looked into the disappearances of Kinsman and Esen. He is scheduled to return to court April 25 to find out whether any more evidence has been turned over to the defence.
May 2016 - July 2017 - Police believe Dean Lisowick, 43 or 44, of no fixed address, was killed by McArthur during this time span.
WARNING: GRAPHIC CONTENT. Toronto police have released a photograph of a man who is believed to be a victim of alleged serial killer Bruce McArthur. Det.
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.
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