Canadian landscaper charged with eighth murder

Frederick Owens
April 17, 2018

Toronto police have charged alleged serial killer Bruce McArthur with the murder of Kirushna Kumar Kanagaratnam, a 37-year-old Sri Lankan immigrant.

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.

Toronto Police believe Kanagaratnam was killed sometime in between September 3 and December 14, 2015.

Kanagaratnam, who arrived in Canada in 2010 from Sri Lanka and lived in Scarborough, had not been reported missing, according to police.

The homicide detective said Kanagaratnam was identified with the help of an global government agency but refused to provide more details. "But unfortunately now he is not with us", the man said.

Police released a photograph of the man on March 5, saying they believed he may be one of McArthur's alleged victims. Idsinga wouldn't say how police obtained the photo. Within days, they announced they had made an ID.

McArthur is also accused of murdering Esen, Andrew Kinsman, Mahmudi, Lisowick, Kayhan, Navaratnam and Abdulbasir Faizi.

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McArthur is now charged with eight counts of first-degree murder. Police have not released a cause of death for any of the men. But Idsinga confirmed last week the man may not be from Toronto, and said investigators had been following up with some global agencies in relation to the photo. The body of the 8th victim has never been found.

"We have lots of searches left to do as the weather gets warmer", Idsinga said.

On Friday, police announced that they had identified a dead man who is believed to be another alleged victim of McArthur.

Toronto Police are still working on the massive case, so it's possible Bruce McArthur may be charged with more crimes as evidence continues to surface.

Kayhan's remains have not yet been found. They have also said their investigation could reach as far back as 1975. The probe was closed after yielding neither suspects nor leads on what happened to the men. It was not immediately clear whether he had been reported missing in Sri Lanka, where his immediate family lives.

When asked how police narrowed down a timeframe for Kanagaratnam's death, Idsgina said records assisted police in the timeline but he would not elaborate further. He declined to provide details about his immigration status, but said Kanagaratnam had no close family in Canada. Detectives have said Lisowick didn't fit the profile of the earlier victims, who were gay and of Middle Eastern descent.

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