Toronto police to provide update on Bruce McArthur investigation Monday

Toronto police to provide update on Bruce McArthur investigation Monday
Toronto police to update McArthur investigation on Monday
Toronto police will be providing another update this morning on the investigation into accused serial killer Bruce McArthur.

McArthur, 66, is currently facing seven counts of first-degree murder in connection with the deaths of several men who disappeared from Torontos LGBTQ neighbourhood between 2010 and 2017.

McArthur, a 66-year-old landscaper, has been charged with seven counts of first-degree murder in connection with the deaths of Andrew Kinsman, Selim Esen, Majeed Kayhan, Soroush Mahmudi, Dean Lisowick, Skandaraj Navaratnam, and Abdulbasir Faizi.

Last week, investigators said they had identified a deceased man in a photo they had released last month. Police said at the time believed the man was one of McArthurs victims and requested the publics help in learning who he was.

On Friday, police confirmed that they had identified the man in the photo but investigators have not released the name of the man or provided any details about his death.

Investigators did not release the mans name last week, because they still had not been able to notify his next of kin. They may release his name Monday and announce whether further charges will be laid.

Last month, investigators took the rare step of releasing an edited photo of an unidentified deceased man who police believe is one of McArthurs victims.

Police said it was rare for them to release a photo of a potential victim, but they said good feedback from the public – including more than 500 tips — helped them identify the man.

Lead investigator Det.-Sgt. Hank Idsinga will be on hand at todays update, which gets underway at Toronto police headquarters at 10:30 a.m.

Investigators initially released a digitally altered photograph of the unknown man on March 5. A month later, they released a second image created by a forensic sketch artist and distributed it internationally. Within days, they announced they had made an ID.

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I thought, Oh my God! Hows Bruce going to react to that? Theyve arrested somebody with the same name, he told the Toronto Star. More from PinkNews Stars You Didnt Know Were Gay Or Bisexual The Stars You Didnt Know Have An LGBT Sibling The Straight Stars Who Went Gay For Pay

Toronto police will provide another update into the ongoing investigation into alleged serial killer Bruce McArthur.

McArthur was also on multiple gay dating websites, like BearForest and DaddyHunt. Romantic at heart but dont let that scare you off, is a line he used on at least two websites, accompanied by several photos of himself smiling at different angles.

Last week, police added a seventh charge of first-degree murder in the death of 42-year-old Abdulbasir Faizi, who disappeared from Toronto’s gay village in 2010.

Torontos Police Department has come under fire from local LGBT+ activists who believe authorities have failed in their quest to identity McArthur quickly, leading the force to cancel its application to march at the citys Pride parade.

On Friday, police announced that a man believed to be another victim of McArthur had been identified.

LGBT+ activists have been harshly critical of the polices actions, alleging that authorities did not take warnings from the community about the suspected murders seriously enough and calling for an urgent inquiry into the failings.

In early March, police released a photograph of a dead man believed to be another one of the McArthurs alleged victims, saying they needed help identifying the bearded middle-aged individual.

Despite the criticism of the police, McArthur has officially been charged with the murder of seven victims, but was only arrested after years of bungled investigations into mysterious disappearances within the citys gay community.

Det. Sgt. Hank Idsinga said at the time that releasing the photo was a last resort. Investigators did not say when the photograph was taken or how investigators found it.

McArthur was arrested in January and charged with the murders of Andrew Kinsman and Selim Esen, who went missing from the village in 2017. Later that month, McArthur was charged with the murders of Majeed Kayhan, Soroush Mahmudi, and Dean Lisowick. In February, he was charged in the death of Skandaraj Navaratnam.

At least seven sets of remains, including Faizis, have been recovered from planters located at a Toronto home where McArthur once worked as a landscaper, police have said.

Timeline of key events in the case of alleged serial killer Bruce McArthur

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