Published: Tue, March 06, 2018
World Media | By Shelia Harmon

Toronto police identify seventh set of human remains in Bruce McArthur case

Toronto police identify seventh set of human remains in Bruce McArthur case

While Idsinga has an idea of how at least some of McArthur's alleged victims were killed, he said investigators have been unable to definitively determine the cause of death in each case.

In a rare move on Monday, Toronto police released a photograph of an unidentified man who investigators believe is another victim of alleged serial killer Bruce McArthur.

The source spoke on the condition of anonymity because they weren't authorized to release information ahead of a news conference set for 10:30 a.m. Monday.

"I've never done this and I do it with great hesitation", Idsinga said. "It's obviously a key piece of evidence that we have that we're releasing, but we do feel that by releasing it hopefully we can identify him and close off that area of investigation".

The arrest of McArthur, a self-employed landscaper who sometimes worked as a mall Santa, has roiled the LGBTQ community in Toronto.

The source said the new unidentified remains were found in a planter at the same Toronto property where six other sets were found, also in large planters.

Cops say they were reluctant to release the photo - of a dark-skinned man in his early 40s - but had run out of options in identifying him.

Det-Sgt. Hank Idsinga said 'I wish we had that evidence in 2013.

January 18, 2018 _ McArthur is arrested and charged with first-degree murder in the deaths of Esen and Kinsman. Later that month, McArthur was charged with the first-degree murder of Majeed Kayhan, Soroush Mahmudi, and Dean Lisowick.

So far, the remains of three men have been identified; Andrew Kinsman, 49, Soroush Mahmudi, 50, and Skandaraj Navaratnam, 40.

He refused to detail where the photo was taken and stressed that it was not clear whether the most recent remains found belong to the unidentified man. "This is through teamwork because we need to utilise many different scientific disciplines - pathology, antrophology, dentistry, fingerprints, all of these different modalities are integrated together to understand what's happened".

The detective was joined at the news conference by Dr. Michael Pollanen, the chief forensic pathologist for the province, to explain the scope of the investigation.

Lead investigator Det. Hank Idsinga previously said that "upwards of 20 planters" have been seized from properties across the city as part of the investigation. "It is drawing on the talents and expertise of essentially everyone in the organization".

Police stated before that they tracked detached remains of six victims put into a planter at a home, where the suspect used to work on landscaping and turned it into storehouse.

"We have technical issues related to decomposition and the effects of post-mortem dismemberment", Pollanen said.

But top of mind for his team is closure for the families of missing persons. The first is there is an overwhelming humanitarian objective to identify the people who, in his case, have gone missing and have been found dismembered and decomposed in planters' pots.

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