Published: Sat, February 24, 2018
World Media | By Shelia Harmon

Toronto police to provide update on Bruce McArthur case

Toronto police to provide update on Bruce McArthur case

Det. -Sgt. Hank Idsinga said in a one-on-one interview with CBC's The National earlier this week that he would provide new details about the investigation. He was arrested in January after an investigation into the disappearances of two men from a predominantly gay neighbourhood in downtown Toronto a year ago.

Work is underway to identify the three other sets of remains, Idsinga said, noting that police could be dealing with more victims not yet named in the list of charges.

"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.

On 8 February, police say they found the remains of six people at the home of elderly residents who stored Mr McArthur's landscaping equipment in exchange for free lawn care. "There's hundreds of outstanding missing persons occurrences that we're looking at".

McArthur, 66, was initially charged on January 18 with the first-degree murders of Kinsman and Selim Esen, two men who disappeared from the Village between April and July 2017. He also said police believe they are working with multiple murder scenes.

"I have no evidence that would tell me that anybody else was involved in this", he said.

Navaratnam, 40, went missing in the Church and Wellesley area after leaving Zipperz, a bar in the gay village in 2010. Officers have also been combing through McArthur's central Toronto apartment for a month and expect to remain there for weeks longer, he added.

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

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

Excavation at the Toronto home where McArthur stored items for his landscaping business - and where the planters were found - ended on February 14, and the home was released back to its owners.

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