A look at the six alleged victims of Bruce McArthur

Frederick Owens
February 24, 2018

Toronto police said on Friday that they have charged Bruce McArthur with a sixth murder, expanding the number of deaths blamed on the 66-year-old landscaper in a case that has shaken the city's gay community.

He says police still have to identify three sets of remains.

At a press conference this morning Homicide Detective Hank Idsinga revealed an additional first degree murder charge has been laid against Bruce McArthur.

Navaratnam was last seen on September 5, 2010, in the Church St./Carleton St. area.

McArthur has also been charged with killing five other men: Selim Esen, Andrew Kinsman, Majeed Kayhan, Soroush Marmudi and Dean Lisowick.

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. "We do believe we have multiple murder scenes, though", said Idsinga. "There's hundreds of outstanding missing persons occurrences that we're looking at".

Police have said they found the dismembered remains of six people in large planters at the home of one of McArthur's clients in Leaside.

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Navaratnam's remains, along with those of Kinsman and Soroush Mahmudi, were found in the planters removed from the east-end home on Mallory Crescent, Idsinga said.

When it comes to identifying the remains, Idsinga says dental and finger print identification happens rather fast while DNA could "take months".

"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.

Lisowick, 47, who police said lived in homeless shelters in Toronto, was never reported missing.

Police are also looking at two other properties in the city, and have reached out to police forces overseas, where McArthur may have travelled, for help. Officers have also been combing through McArthur's central Toronto apartment for a month and expect to remain there for weeks longer, he added.

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

McArthur was arrested on January 18, and has made two court appearances to date, via videolink.

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