Bruce McArthur now charged with murders of six men: Toronto police

Bruce Mc Arthur currently faces five counts of first-degree murder but he may still be hit with more charges

Navaratnam, 40, went missing in September, 2010, and was the focus of a police investigation called Project Houston.

The 66-year-old McArthur is already facing five counts of first-degree murder after police discovered the remains of six people in planters at a Leaside home where he worked as a landscaper.

The case has evolved with police now looking at "hundreds of outstanding missing persons occurrences" and even "occurrences where there's been a sudden death".

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. "We do believe we have multiple murder scenes, though", said Idsinga.

"I have no evidence that would tell me that anybody else was involved in this", he said. Both were reported missing from the Church and Wellesley streets area at separate times a year ago.


But at a press conference Friday, Idsinga said the analysis of fingerprints and dental records allowed police to identify Skandaraj Navaratnam as McArthur's sixth alleged victim.

His remains were among those found earlier this month by police on a property linked to Mr McArthur.

Police laid three more first-degree murder charges against McArthur about two weeks later, related to the disappearances of Majeed Kayhan, 58, and Soroush Mahmudi, 50, and the death of Dean Lisowick, either 43 or 44, who had never been reported missing. After an excavation of the backyard did not lead to further discovery of human remains, Idsinga said the police investigation of the property may not yet be complete. This brings to six the number of charges of the capital crime now attributed to the former landscape contractor.

McArthur is scheduled to return to court on February 28.

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.

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